Inverted Coasters and Knee Stress

Friday, August 16, 2002 2:30 PM
Hey gang, long time reader, first time poster.

Anyway, here's a random question. A friend and I are planning to make our first trip to CP in the near future, and my friend had a concern. She has a certain medical condition with her knees (something with bones grinding, I don't know specifically) that can cause her extreme discomfort on certain rides. For example, she won't go on drop rides like PT because of the sudden forces that cause your legs to kick out.

Traditional coasters haven't been a problem, but she's concered about inverteds. Unfortunately, I've never been on one, so I can't vouch for how much stress is put on your legs. So if anyone could just give me a rough idea of what kind of forces we're dealing with, I'd really appreciate it. I'd hate to have her get mad at me for forcing her to ride Raptor. I think we've seen enough amusement park injuries this year, and I'd rather not add more fuel to Markey's fire.

Thanks

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Friday, August 16, 2002 2:40 PM
I suggest she consults her doctor. Nobody knows better than Doc. Oh yeah, welcome to Coasterbuzz. :)

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Friday, August 16, 2002 2:58 PM

In the past, I haven't had an pressure on my knees, but maybe a little around the ankles and cavs.

Hope you have fun.

Edit: By the way, I have been on Raptor, Batman: The Ride at SFGAm and SFMM, V2, Deja Vu, and Serial Thriller (thats all that I can remember being on for right now). Basically, the Batman: The Ride Inverts are the most forcefull Inverteds I have been on, so it is good you are going on Raptor. The most G Forces on Raptor are probably in the end helix, but its really not that bad, but I don't want you to take any risks. Do whatever you feel is safe. Yet again, have fun.

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Friday, August 16, 2002 3:02 PM

Welcome to CoasterBuzz.

Well, I know Power Tower does kick your legs out (well I think it does, people might do it involuntarily sp?). As far as Raptor goes, I don't remember feeling too much on my knees unless I straighten them out during an inversion (that really hurts). I would say talk to a doctor...one that has been on a roller coaster.

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Friday, August 16, 2002 3:15 PM

I think she'll be fine on Raptor, but DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE HER ON MANTIS! DO NOT! JUST DON'T!

Hey, but ask her doctor if he's been on Raptor or Serial Thriller at SFWoA, and what he thinks.

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