The impact of an Australian Standard on Trampoline Injuries

Summary

In Australia, the growing number of injuries sustained during the activity of trampolining (domestic environment) has prompted development and revision of an Australian Standard (AS) for trampolines (AS 4989-Tramplolines) that includes measurable safety design features engineered to reduce the risk of injury. The extent to which revisions of this standard, in the context of improved product safety standards and trampoline design modifications is unknown. Specifically, a focus on pinching and shearing hazards, which has not been previously measurable in injury surveillance data. Objectives: To examine national trampoline injury patterns and trends relative to the current AS. Trampoline injuries across Australia: epidemiological review of injuries around the country, data sourced through injury surveillance units.
- Specifically focussing on pinching and shearing hazards, and
- Reviewing any reduction in injury risk since the last modifications to AS 4989-2006: Trampolines - Safety aspects, in 2010.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Lisa Sharwood

Research Location

North Shore - Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Program Type

Masters

Synopsis

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Additional Information

• Data will be sourced from the multiple injury surveillance units around the country; data analysis and presentation
• Literature review
• Analysis of the AS development, attendance at relevant AS meetings
• Interpretation of injury surveillance data and compilation of a report that reviews any reduction in injury risk since the last modifications to AS 4989-2006: Trampolines - Safety aspects, in 2010.
• Submission of scientific publication

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Keywords

injury, injury prevention, trampolines, Falls, standards, Engineering, safety, risk

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2486

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