A warning has been issued to schools about a worrying playground craze which can leave children with injuries ‘usually suffered by fighter pilots’ – and even lead to a stroke. The Manchester Evening News reports.
The ’roundabout challenge’ sees youngsters sit in the middle of a roundabout before being spun extremely quickly. The wheel of a revving motorbike is sometimes used to increase the speed of the rotation.
Medics say the ‘extreme negative g-force’ can lead to a ‘redout’, when blood is driven to the head, causing reddened vision and a headache.
It can cause retinal damage and potentially a stroke.
Children across the country have reportedly been hurt by taking part in the ‘challenge’.
According to police, a young boy from Lowton in Wigan, has now been injured. The boy was left with a headache and red spots around his eyes, which doctors said were caused by the pressure from the spinning.
Last September, Tyler Broome, 11, suffered injuries ‘usually only seen in fighter pilots’ after trying to recreate a video titled the ‘Roundabout of Death’ with a group of people, Lincolnshire Live reports.
He was sick and collapsed before being rushed to A&E after his eyes started to swell up.
The letter urged both parents and school staff to be vigilant of the symptoms and also warn youngsters about the dangers and potential risk of stroke.
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