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How most spinal injuries occur

The most common causes of back injury in the UK are accidents.  Either road traffic accidents, sporting accidents or falls.  Much of the time, these types of accidents can be avoided, which is why it’s important to be aware of the types of activities that can put you at risk of spinal injury.

Accidental sporting spinal injuries

Sports such as diving and horse riding, where there is significant impact when you either dive or fall into a surface or object, can have catastrophic effects on your back.  Other impact sports such as rugby and martial arts carry a similar level of risk.

Trampolining is not usually cited as one of the riskiest sports for spinal injuries, although when a person does injure their back on a trampoline, it is usually extremely serious.  Trampolining injuries often lead to paralysis, due to injury of the spinal cord.

Whilst trampolining injuries have been relatively rare in the past, the recent popularity of trampolining parks in the UK have meant that far more people are taking part in the sport on a more regular basis.  The International Association of Trampoline Parks anticipates that there will be 150 trampoline parks open across the UK in 2017, attracting around 15 million visitors throughout the year.

Whilst the majority of people come away from trampolining having had fun and uninjured, there are several recent high profile cases from this year alone where spinal injuries have occurred.

Trampolining spinal injury examples

The reason that trampolining has come into the public eye for spinal injuries recently is because of three spinal injuries that occurred at the same trampoline park on the same day, earlier this year.

29-year-old Sarah McManus fractured a vertebra, 21 George Magraw had to have a metal disc inserted into his spine and Liza Jones aged 26, fractured her back and burst a vertebra – all through use of one 4-metre-high jump, which has since been removed from the trampoline park.

Common ways trampoline spinal injuries occur

The most common ways that spinal injuries occur through use of a trampoline are:

  • Falling off a trampoline
  • Coming into contact with another person whilst on a trampoline
  • Somersaults that land badly on a trampoline
  • Falling onto the trampoline’s frame or springs

Despite following safety instructions, each person has been left with potentially life-long spinal injuries.  According to an article published by the BBC, the most common injury at a trampoline park is a broken limb – broken legs being the most regularly reported.  The other most common injuries are said to be spinal injuries, head injuries, back injuries and injuries to feet.

How to reduce the risks of using a trampoline

  • Ensure that safety training has been carried out and that there are enough supervisors to ask for advice on landing positions at each available jumping station
  • Make sure that if children are using a trampoline, they are supervised by an adult at all times
  • Only allow one person to jump at any one time
  • Do not use trampolines for stunts, somersaults or high risk manoeuvres, unless properly trained
  • Do not use trampolines for high jumps, unless properly trained
  • Make sure that all bars and surrounding landing surfaces are well padded
  • Make sure that there are no hard surfaces that a user could land on

Legal advice about compensation for spinal injuries

If you have injured your back or spine in a sporting accident that was not your fault, speak to a specialist spinal injury claims solicitor.  We have experience in handling spinal injury claims that have occurred for a number of different reasons and are able to use our expertise in the subject to get the best possible results, to make the lives of our clients easier and more comfortable.

Specialist spinal injury claim solicitors

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