Trampoline Park Leader
NOTE: The resources below are in the order that they occur to me, not of importance... only you and your team can decide what really counts as important for your audience!
As I'm sure you've noticed, injuries at local trampoline parks have been in the news quite a bit over the last year. A good news article will identify key issues, major stakeholders, and relevant research, so searching our news databases should be one of your first steps!
- CBC Marketplace: Hidden camera reveals trampoline parks ignoring dangerous behaviour. Also see this streaming video version of that Marketplace segment.
- Vancouver Sun: B.C.’s trampoline parks should be regulated following numerous injuries and a death in Richmond last year.
- The article above quotes from an organization called "Technical Safety B.C.," so why not look them up to see if they have more to say on the topic?: "Technical Safety BC recommends trampoline parks receive safety oversight under the Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices."
- And digging a bit deeper at the Technical Safety BC site, there's this page: Trampoline Parks Potential Regulation Engagement.
- The Conversation: Without mandatory safety standards, indoor trampoline parks are an accident waiting to happen
- Canadian Newsstream for Canadian newspaper articles
- Click here for a rough exploratory search of Canadian Newsstream on this topic
- Factiva for news articles from around the world
Industry resources and associations
- IATP Newsroom - Includes some press releases dealing with safety issues, e.g., 10-05-2018 IATP Response to CBC Marketplace Episode "The Truth About Trampoline Parks
- The press release above mentions that "In the absence of regional standards or government regulation, the IATP currently advocates that all trampoline parks adhere to ASTM F2970-17." We have that ASTM standard in the SFU Library collection in both print and online formats: "Standard practice for design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, inspection and major modification of trampoline courts." Note that there is some special software required to view the online version via our Techstreet database. Look for details on "FileOpen" in the Help documentation within Techstreet.
- Australian Trampoline Parks Association - Injury Statistics and Press Releases, some of which respond to a specific study done on safety and trampoline parks: Trampoline Park and Home Trampoline Injuries
Examples of safety policies
Can you learn from the experiences of others -- both what to do and what not to do? I found these policies with just a few minutes of searching. I'm sure you could dig up more if necessary.
- See also the Bounce - Franchising Document for details on the company.
- See also the interesting comments and stats in the waiver from the Calgary location of this chain.
Articles in journals & magazines
A. Use Academic Search Premier to find articles in popular magazines, as well as in a very broad range of academic journals.
- Start with this rough search.
B.Here are a few magazines read by safety professionals. They might not have much (or anything!) specifically on trampolines, but such magazines may have information that would help you understand best practices in training, inspections, etc.
C. And for academic research on safety issues, see such journals as the following. Again, don't focus solely on trampolines: What can you learn about policy design, training, etc. that might be applicable to the trampoline situation?
- Journal of safety, health and environmental research.
- Safety Science
- International journal of injury control and safety promotion
- Journal of safety research
D. From a medical perspective, your main academic journal article database is Medline. Start with this rough search. Be sure to use Google Scholar to look for articles that have cited your best Medline results, as mentioned in the Industry Associations section above.
- A lawyer's post or article can often be a good place to start understanding the legal issues surrounding a topic. In this case, some specific statistics and recent civil cases are also mentioned. Follow those leads!
- Still with law offices, see this site from Preszler Injury Lawyers and Will Davidson, LLP for further examples of this sort of article.
- "Active & Safe is a resource for children, youth and adults who engage in or facilitate sport and recreational activities in British Columbia and beyond, providing information on common injuries, risk factors, and injury prevention for their activity of choice."
- Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the A&S page on trampolines to link to the relevant research, including the Evidence Summary.
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