Police say they are alarmed after hearing reports of the shocking trend
A shocking playground craze which can leave children with injuries ‘usually suffered by fighter pilots’ – and can cause strokes – has sparked a warning to parents.
The dangerous “roundabout challenge” sees youngsters sit in the middle of a roundabout before being spun extremely quickly.
Sometimes the wheel of a revving motorbike is used to increase the speed, the Manchester Evening News reports .
This can cause an ‘extreme negative g-force’, leading to ‘redout’ – which happens when blood is driven to the head.
Redout causes reddened vision and a headache – as well as possible retinal damage and potentially a stroke.
Children across the country have reportedly been hurt by taking part in the ‘challenge’.
A boy in Lincolnshire was hospitalised in September.
According to police, a young boy from Lowton in Wigan, has now been injured.
He was at the playground on Braitwaite Road when he was asked to join in the ‘game’ by older children, officers said.
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 case in Lowton is understood to be less serious than the one involving Tyler.
Following the incident two weeks ago, a warning was sent by PCSO Anita Ashton to schools.
“There is now a new craze with teenagers known as the roundabout challenge,” the letter reads.
One of the primary schools in Lowton have had a pupil who has come into his class and told his teachers he had a headache, his head hurt and spots on his face.
There were lots of little red spots around his eyes that go up onto his forehead and the top of his head.
“The pupil was complaining his head was sore.
“His right eye is also a little bloodshot in the outside corner. His face was puffy and he also had a bruise on his left arm and his left leg.
“The pupil has told staff he was on Braitwaite Park the previous night and a group of older children were spinning him on the roundabout and would not let him get off.
“He then jumped off and made his way home.
“The pupil’s mother contacted the school to let them know he is okay but the doctor has said the marks on his face and head are due to pressure caused by the spinning.”
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.
Tyler’s mother spoke of her relief after he made a recovery in hospital.
She said medics told her he could have suffered a stroke.