Skull Breaker Challenge’ on TikTok can be fatal as doctors warn against the new trend
The new viral online trend called the “Skull Breaker Challenge” is so dangerous that medical experts are warning teens to resist the urge.
The challenge originated in Spain after two students recorded themselves on TikTok performing the stunt.
It involves three participants standing next to each in a row before jumping straight up. While the middle person is in the air, however, the other two individuals on each end kick inward to knock the middle person off balance and subsequently hit his or her head when they fall on their back on the ground.
The ‘Skull Breaker Challenge’ is an emerging prank being propagated on social media that results in forceful trauma to the head and neck area.”
“It can be associated with a variety of serious and even life-threatening injuries including, but not limited to, bruising, hematoma, skull fracture, neck strain, neck fracture, concussion and long-term complications of concussion, bleeding in or around the brain, loss of consciousness, paralysis and death,” doctors and health practitioners have said.
— anu sehgal (@anusehgal) February 15, 2020
Since the original video went viral, other daring teens have replicated the risky act.
But doctors and parents are now sounding the alarm on the “Skull Breaker Challenge” for obvious reasons.
Arizona mother Valerie Hodson took to Facebook on Feb. 8 to share harrowing images of her son, who was a victim of the “malicious cruel viral prank.” Hodson said her son was left with a head injury, stitches in his face and severe cuts in his mouth.
“He landed hard flat on his back and head, as he struggled to get up he lost consciousness, he fell forward landing on his face,” the mom explained. “The school monitor ran to his side, all the while the 2 boys were snickering and laughing as his stiff unconscious body lay on the asphalt.”