The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Paintball is an increasingly popular with teens and young adults. The
game involves shooting paintball capsules at other players, often in
organized team events. Paintball tournaments usually take place in
supervised settings, where players are required to wear eye protection. But pediatricians and eye doctors are concerned with an increase in eye
injuries among paintball players who take part in unsupervised games,
especially in backyards or forest preserves. These eye injuries have
often resulted in severe, permanent vision loss. If parents choose to
let their children play paintball, here are some essential tips to
reduce the risk of injuries. Make sure players always wear eye
protection devices that are specifically designed for paintball and meet
federal safety standards. And insist that they play at an insured
commercial paintball field that has rules for player safety and follows
guidelines for safe operation.