What does continuous rollercoaster riding do to the body?

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2007 9:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

With Richard Rodriguez riding marathon style on a Blackpool roller coaster, what does continuous roller coaster riding do to the body? Experts say the rider is at risk for a number of short and long-term problems.

Read more from The BBC.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 10:30 AM
Could this be another shot fired across the bow of ERT?
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 10:33 AM
I too have suffered from "nipple burn." ;)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:03 AM
There's a big difference between riding Maverick 10+ times in a row during an ERT (like I hope to do during BooBuzz!!) and riding something continuously for hours and with little breaks!!

I think ERT is still fine...even riding Raptor a personal record of 20 straight times two years ago on a dead day at CP was perfectly fine for me! I could have gone another 10-20 times, but I was starting to get bored...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:07 AM
Still beats water boarding. ;)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:21 AM
Is water boarding anything like boogie boarding? ;)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:32 AM
There is nothing wrong with riding coasters, except for the fact that holding yourself upright all day will cause stronger muscles, better endurance, and a mood lift. I always feel happier after a rollercoaster ride! I wish I could start everyday with one!

The only somewhat "bad" that I found is that it loosens up kidney stones. In my case it was good because if they had been stuck in there any longer they would have grown large enough that I could not have passed them! So the bad thing was actually a good thing for me!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:38 AM
They forgot to mention temporary alteration of facial nerve function leading to perpetual smiles for the next several days. :)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:48 AM
All I ever got after a long bout of rollercoaster riding was a bit sore...and a lot happier...
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 12:16 PM
I'm with the guy mentioned in the story. I'd rather be doing something else. I think the world offers too much to sit around on a ride for extended periods of time.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:28 PM
^That's crazy talk. ;)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 2:16 PM
Might work out for someone with OCD though.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 3:13 PM
Cough, Cough, Bullcrap, Cough.

Richard had Diabetes before he ever started. There may be some back and neck problems but the endorphins released durring riding are one of the best things the body can do to help itself.

Chuck

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 3:16 PM
There have been links made between rides and internal injuries. Cardiologists in Germany say the thrill of the ride can spark irregular beats in those with heart disease and put them at risk of a heart attack.

I always love this, There have been studies and not once do the link to any STUDY supporting their findings.

Again, BULLCRAP

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 3:44 PM
Funny, no mention in that article of the obvious possible ailments of continuous riding.

The potential for huge boils and frictions burns on your butt, looking like bedsores of bedridden hospital patients would be the most likely ailment of contiuous riding.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 4:49 PM
Not to mention smelling to high heaven.

Who would want to do anything for 9 days straight? I can't even think of a single thing I'd like to do for 24 hours straight.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 5:51 PM
They are competing on a Vekoma Boomerang and an Arrow Hyper coaster. Not that either types of these coasters are incredibly bad but I think after a while pain could defiantly become a factor.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 7:10 PM
Iv'e mararararathoned on dossuns of wud costurs...I seme two be jsut fyn?e
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:02 PM
Forget nipple burn, what about shoulder marks from the Vekoma harnesses on their flyers?
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:42 PM
I always love this, There have been studies and not once do the link to any STUDY supporting their findings.

The BBC spoke to an expert who, assuming he is familiar with the forces riders experience, would know what kind of ailments people can encounter when exposed to these forces for an extended period. If a doctor knows from experience that getting bumped around for days at a time can cause brain injuries, do we really need a study to confirm this? What does it take for you to stop assuming that everything is a conspiracy?
*** This post was edited by PhantomTails 8/8/2007 11:45:50 PM ***

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