Bizarre skull-breaker TikTok challenge raises safety concerns

A new  social media trend called the Skull-breaker challenge has been raising alarms. The dangerous challenge, circulating on TikTok, involves two people jumping in the air and later a third, standing between them, does the same. Just as the third person jumps, the other two kick on the person’s legs, making the jumper fall.

The goal of the bizarre challenge is to make the person in the middle fall on his or her back, hence the name. This fall can cause serious injuries, and as the name suggests, can cause severe head injuries.

Many, especially teenagers, have fallen prey to this new trend and several have been injured. Parents of young adults are especially very worried after reports of injuries.

In order to raise awareness against the harmful trend users shared videos of the challenge.

In one of the videos, a victim seems to have lost consciousness after the fall. A Twitter user shared the video.

This is not the first time an online trend has caused concerns. Social media is infamous for such outrageous and dangerous stunts such as the cinnamon challenge and the very famous Kiki challenge, which involved getting out of a moving car and dancing along it to rapper Drake’s song “In my feelings”.

The problematic trend, also called the “tripping jump challenge” has reportedly injured many specially in the US and Europe. News reports quoting experts and doctors claim the fall can break every bone in the body apart from concussions.