I was just wondering if anybody knew if riding roller coasters alot can have any bad long term effects on your physical and mental abilities. I've read a couple articles that say that roller coasters slam your brain into your skull and can potentially cause brain damage. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
Meh, it all depends on the person. I used to get black outs riding coasters, but not anymore. It would also depend on the physical condition of the person, a person with more fatty tissue would be more capable to tolerate the "sloshing" of the brain. In my case I would not because I am a skinny mofo. I usually have to carry asprin in that case to take care of head ache. But the effects can depend on so much stuff involved (coaster, coaster type, weather, positioning of the body, and whatnot).
OrientExpressKid said: In my case I would not because I am a skinny mofo. I usually have to carry asprin in that case to take care of head ache. But the effects can depend on so much stuff involved (coaster, coaster type, weather, positioning of the body, and whatnot).
See I have to agree, it depends on the person. I'm a really skinny guy, yet love coasters and haven't had any problems from it. So it must really depend on the person...wonder if there are actually any major scientific studies on this?
My credit card stripes get worn out before the new one comes in the mail....does that count?
The traveling thing exposes you to a lot of different areas of the country, and if you're *open* to new ideas and such, you can learn something from pretty much everyone ya meet...in that way (and others) I think it's actually GOOD for your brain...:)
If your brain was actually being "slammed into your skull" you'd be having concussions from riding coasters, which I can't say I've experienced. There are many people in the military who fly high performance aircraft for a good chunk of their life who are exposed to much greater forces, both in duration and magnitude, than people who ride roller coasters. Unless my head's totally in the sand, I don't believe any great number of them experience health problems related to their experiences. *** Edited 5/19/2004 3:01:05 AM UTC by mantis man***
It also depends on the coaster... The short term effects of riding a long coaster are "Wow, I can't believe there is still half the ride left!!!" The long term effects of riding a short coaster are "Wow, I can't believe it's over already..."
mOOSH, just because you may function normally, dosen't mean you're normal. How would you know uless there had been a clone of you that had never ridden the coasters? Perhaps certain 'coasters' would have been a bit larger....
Take from the first link that 1EyedJack posted... "What happens to the brain during a roller coaster ride is really quite similar to what happens during a car accident or when a person is violently shaken," says Y. Bo-Abbas, MD
It sounds to me like a lot of this, if it is true, has to do with the specific roller coaster. Also, all the people mentioned the first article were spot instances. Until there is a study done where they can monitor the people before and after the rides, there is no way to say that the roller coaster itself was the culprit for the injuries described. There could very well be a pre-existing condition that whatever ride they rode on brought out.
Another thing to note is that if this were true, who is to say that it actually was the roller coaster that each of these people went on that did it. How do they know it was the roller coaster and not one of the many other rides in the park.
I am not trying to stick up for anything here, just trying to play devils advocate as the article linked above is, in a sence, accusing roller coasters of brain damager just because a person went on one recently. Remember, when someone asks you what you rode that day at the amusement park, the first rides mentioned are usually the coasters.