Brain injury research group will report findings to Markey

Posted Monday, August 27, 2001 6:03 PM | Contributed by The Anti-Rumor

The Brain Injury Association (if you can believe there is such a thing) says that it will conduct research into a possible connection between roller coasters and brain injuries. Rep. Ed Markey's camp of course is cheering on the effort, while IAAPA officials again point out that the same doctors who suggest a connection suggest the injuries can be triggered by sneezes.

Read more from The LA Times.

Monday, August 27, 2001 6:25 PM
A two letter word. NO!
Nitro: The Most Explosive Coaster on the Planet explodes at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2001.
Monday, August 27, 2001 6:27 PM
No exactly!!!
B&M King of Coasters!
Monday, August 27, 2001 6:29 PM
I submitted this article, but thats not my title and blurb.  I'm by no means pro-regulation, but this news item title seems to be a somewhat biased summary of the article.  The article states no link between Markey's office and the Brain Injury Association other than the IAAPA representative's paranoid suggestion that they are acting on Markey's request (although this could be the case). 

"Once the research is complete, Bergman said the panel could conclude that the injuries are nothing more than a curious set of coincidences; find reasonable cause for further research; or suggest that the industry consider placing guidelines or restrictions on G-forces--the effects of gravitational stress on bodies during acceleration"

Once again, I'm nowhere near pro-regulation, and I don't believe that amuesment rides are anywhere near the limit for human safety.  But, I do belive that an unbiased study, which this organization claims it will provide, is not a bad idea.  Such a study is most likely to prove what we all already believe to be true anyways, that amusement rides are safe.

*** This post was edited by The Anti-Rumor on 8/27/2001. ***

Monday, August 27, 2001 6:35 PM
Here is a little more on story.

Army rangers lead the way *** This post was edited by supermandl on 8/27/2001. ***

Monday, August 27, 2001 6:49 PM
AAACHOOO! Oh no, brain injury. Is this the same guy who made the Z-chip or something to block out stations on tv?
You are the Weakest Link, Goodbye.
Monday, August 27, 2001 7:33 PM
Well, i mean some rides are a little rougher than a sneeze, such as Psyclone here at SFMM. I'm concerened though, what happens if you sneeze while you're on a rollercoaster? Can you die from that?
The SFMM Salvi:
"Goliath Jr. looks to intense for me"
"I want to go on something more exciting than X"
Monday, August 27, 2001 8:52 PM
Done anybody believe this will be a unbiased study??? I sure dont. Since they are thrusting themselves into this debate i bet you will find a agenda if they are lokked at properly.
Monday, August 27, 2001 9:47 PM
hopefully we'll see a nice unbiased report that shows that there is no link and to the contrary to what many think that roller coasters are no more likley to induce brain inury than an *nsync concert.

markey is just trying to jump on somethign that is popular in the media right now.. Senator Lieberman put himself on the map with his campaign againts video games that began in the early 90s. if it weren;t for this hardly a sould out of washington or his home state would know who the man is. same goes for merkey and his coaster regulation nonsense. *** This post was edited by Tolian on 8/28/2001. ***

Monday, August 27, 2001 10:47 PM

The Brain Injury Association exists for people who have suffered various head; open head injury, closed head injury, skull fractures.. from US Vetrans, to motor vehicle accidents, assult victims..... and this title (brain injury) even covers anyone who has been in a coma...your remark that it is hard to believe that this exists is an unenlightened statement. Here is a quote from them .. maybe this might help you understand better...

"There are currently 5.3 million Americans living with disability caused by brain injury. Each year, over two million people sustain brain injuries. Sometimes termed a "silent epidemic," brain injury occurs every 15 seconds. This public health concern ranks as the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults. For those who survive, brain injury is life-altering; serious physical impairments are frequently a result, as well as a variety of cognitive, behavioral and emotional complications. Health care costs are extensive, as an individual with severe brain injury typically faces five to 10 years of intensive rehabilitation, with cumulative costs exceeding $48 billion annually."

They do great work and have been around since 1980. There is NO CONNECTION BETWEEN Markey and
Brain Injury Association.

I dont doubt the recent publicity has brought this to their attention, but I have absolute faith that they will study this issue with integrity. Go check out their site and find out what they are about.. you might be surprised!


I would've rather won Powerball (8/25/01)then be your 1 out of 23,000,000!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2001 4:57 AM
If there is a "nice unbiased report" the politicians will probably work hard to supress it since it won't say what the politicians want.  I've seen this happen when the unbiased report said that people's high cancer rate was caused by smoking and drinking, not local industry.
Tuesday, August 28, 2001 8:04 AM
Im always suspicious when i see statements "if we can prevent one potential brain,injury thats worth doing" The statement which is similiar to the liberal mantra if we can save one life will bring on major governemnt intrusion into theme parks/roller coasters which will lead to less fun and higher taxation on getting into parks. Who do you think will pay for the 5 million dollars to supervise parks, it wont be government and it wont be the parks, it will be us and once the foot is in the door it will be greatly expanded and the costs will rise greatly. What government program stops expanding and doesnt ultimaley limit choice/freedom. If their is some type of connection remotely found what do you think will happen next, ban the rides, full employment for lawyers to file even more lawsuit? This is the tip of the iceberg for what will follow once the door is opened. Look how much the cigarette companies paid out even though anybody with a brain knows smoking is bad, will the theme park industry be the next one to be set on by the trial lwayers and government to recoup their costs??
Tuesday, August 28, 2001 11:10 AM
What's next, we won;t have a military with planes because pilots pull more G's than any ride.  If brain injuries are silent, they can happen any time.  Why not investigate people while the walk down the street.  There is as great a chance of someone dying while doing that than while on a ride!
Tuesday, August 28, 2001 1:00 PM
I initially read the second link but after reading the first you have to become more suspicious.When you read that they are a advocacy and say that brain injuries arent on the radar screen dont you think they may become on the radar screen by claiming their is a link and use this to deman more governmental funding??? Escpecially when responding to the pleas of a liberal who wishes to impose govermental regulation on everything?? I would like to believe this is non-partisan, but i also would like to believe in the tooth fairy. This is being masked in a feel good way so as to mask the main goal of more government regulation and a hope for more government funding.
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 4:00 PM
Even IF a link is shown between rides and injuies, what will happen?  If they limit G-Forces, it would have no effect.  It is the stress involved with the rides, not the G-forces that causes an anyurism to burst. Or so I'm led to believe.....
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 5:59 PM
Tolian, I kinda think if you're at an *nsync concert, you may have ARRIVED with a brain injury, LOL...pre-existing conditions are not covered...Seriously, though, once Markey wears out the mileage on this particular political venture, we can probably (hopefully?) go back to Coasting in Peace. (I think I may have found my epitaph)!
Friday, August 31, 2001 1:29 PM
They just won't stop beating this dead horse, will they?  Rep. Markey must be pretty bored- don't they have interns in his state?  Wonder if he heard about the lady who died after riding the tea cups?  Someone better get to work quick outlawing those dangerous teacup rides! 

People have strokes and aneurysms all the time.  It stands to reason when millions of people are riding coasters it will happen to a tiny percentage of those folks too.  But the "evidence" that has been used thus far to try and establish cause is completely laughable to anyone with even a modicum of medical knowledge.


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