Doctors warn 'don't break a leg' as bouncy castle season gets into full swing
A TWO-year-old was the youngest patient treated for a "bouncing" related injury at a chain of private clinics last year, while the oldest was 53.
It's bouncy castle and trampoline season, and VHI Swiftcare clinics are already treating related injuries.
Girls are slightly more likely to hurt themselves than boys, new figures show.
Dr Brian Gaffney, Medical Director of the clinics, said that May is typically when they start to see bounce-related breaks and sprains.
"In the first two weeks of the month, we have treated approximately 23 bounce-related injuries in the VHI SwiftCare Clinics, hence we are highlighting the dangers such activities pose," he said.
While the weather tends to be warmer in May, it can also be showery which can make trampolines and bouncy castles particularly slippery and dangerous," Dr Gaffney said.
In May last year, the clinics treated 63 bounce breaks and sprains, 60pc of which occurred during trampolining and 40pc of which occurred on a bouncy castle.
Over 200 bounce-related injuries were treated in their clinics throughout the summer of last year.
Its figures showed that 38pc of the bounce-related injuries occurred in patients under the age of 10, and 57pc were in those aged 11 to 21.
The youngest injured bouncer treated in the clinics was 32 months, while the oldest was 53 years of age.
Girls (54pc) were slightly more likely to injure themselves than boys (46pc) and over two-thirds of the bad bounces resulted in a break rather than a sprain.
Overall, lower limbs such as legs, ankles and feet were much more likely to be injured, accounting for 57pc of the bounce-related injuries treated in May last year.
Dr Gaffney said that prevention is always better than cure, and suggested that ideally only one child should be on a trampoline or bouncy castle where possible.
"If this isn't the case, then ensure that the children are the same age and size and aren't wearing any shoes or sharp items such as belts," he suggested.
He added that if adults decide to try their bouncing skills, insist on one person at a time and ensure no alcohol has been consumed. Also, avoid somersaults or flips, he said.