Why Does A Playground Activity That All Kids Love Make So Many Adults Sick?

 – March 12, 2015  –– 

Kids love the swings. So much, in fact, that kids seem to be able to swing endlessly without tiring of it a bit. I observed this in my own children and decided to hop on one as a thirty-something dad. Within seconds I made a startling discovery: Swings make geezers like me sick really, really fast. Just a minute or two into the fun, and I found I was dizzy, uncomfortable and sloshing toward outright nausea. I called neurologist Bernie Cohen, MD, of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, a widely respected expert on the vestibular system. He told me, first of all, that any change was more likely neurological or psychological rather than physical. And he told me that, basically, science doesn’t know the answer. “If you look to see what the scientific basis for it is, it’s not there,” he said.

- Dr. Bernard Cohen, Professor, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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