Paintball is an extreme sport and is not one that is designed for children. This is because there is a big chance that they could sustain a serious trauma.
Common injuries include serious eye injuries and body welts. The Trauma Programs of The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) do not recommend this activity for children under 16 years of age. The Trauma Programs of the MCH endorse the recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Paintball equipment must meet safety standards.
- Helmet and goggles must be worn at all times and must fit properly.
- It is very important to NEVER remove the eye protection during play or even on the playing field.
- Game rules should always be followed.
- Close supervision by trained personnel at a paintball facility is essential.
- This should not be done as a backyard activity as all of the above cannot be guaranteed.
- Another Child Nearly Loses Eye During Paintball Party
- Paintball Injuries in Children: More than meets the eye
- The Dangers of Paintball… a child’s story
Reviewed by Trauma specialists at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Last updated: July 2013, January 2016