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.