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Body-Sliding: Not A Good Idea For Teenagers

It might sound fun, but “body-sliding” — that is, diving onto and sliding across a wet sheet of plastic on the ground — is dangerous.

Issuing a safety warning, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has highlighted multiple cases of spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis in teenagers and adults. The CPSC has noted that injury can occur because the “slider’s forward momentum drives the body into the neck and compresses the spinal cord.”

So, those slip-and-slide-style toys you played with when you were a kid? Those are made for children, not Boy Scout-aged youth.

So if it rains on your next campout, and you’re above the age of 11, you’ll want to resist the urge to slide across a wet tarp, or, even worse, across a muddy field.



11 Comments on Body-Sliding: Not A Good Idea For Teenagers

  1. im hungry // May 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm // Reply

    I go to a place where they have a 50 ft slip’n’slide

  2. CoolKid101 // May 1, 2014 at 10:14 am // Reply

    Slip-n-slides are fun, but it makes total sense why it could be dangerous to teenagers; I wonder why it isn’t dangerous for kids under 11 though…

  3. hahahahaha // May 1, 2014 at 2:05 am // Reply

    I think that people should do what they want as long as they know what could happen. otherwise why not have fun sometimes and enjoy life. plus these teenagers were probably not being….what’s the word oh yah mature and responsible so just cause a couple of teens we shouldn’t stop having fun

  4. hmmm… well thats good to know

  5. its fun no matter what

  6. Phoenixsong // April 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm // Reply

    No more sliding for me… Dang!

  7. I did not know this! But it is fun to do this in a muddy field or slope!!!

  8. That’s probably for people who do it ALL THE TIME! If you do it every once and a while it probably wouldn’t be bad.

  9. That’s Weird….

  10. bubblehead // April 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    how fun is it to bee

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