13 organisations are backing draft guidelines for health and safety standards for indoor trampoline parks, including the International Association of Trampoline Parks and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Trampolining parks are becoming increasingly popular across the UK; with numbers growing from 6 parks in England and Wales in 2014, to almost 100 in 2016.
Parks generally involve several trampolines next to each other. They can include slides, see-saws and bridges to jump off.
Although parks have to meet health and safety regulations, there are no rules on how they are built and run. Without any health and safety guidelines, the risks of running of a trampoline park is left open to interpretation.
There are no figures on how many people have hurt themselves while trampolining, but the call comes after a park in Dalkeith, Midlothian, reported more than 100 incidents in three weeks last year. It was later closed down.
Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page, who became the first British woman to win an Olympic trampoline medal in Rio this year, told the BBC: “Trampoline parks are a good place to get started.
“But the main thing there is there need to be safety guidelines that are set so people can understand where the dangers might occur and they can have a fun time in a safer environment.”
RoSPA said: “The guidelines, published as draft for consultation until 1 December 2016, seek to help park managers identify the key risks at both the design and operational stages, with the aim of establishing an effective approach to managing – but not entirely removing – the risk of injury to customers and staff.”
RoSPA said once the guidelines are finalised, it would like to see all existing commercial trampoline centres declare their compliance within 18 months.