What health problems prevent people from riding Roller Coasters?

Robert59

Senior Member
My friend wants to ride the roller coasters at Dollywood but she has a heart pacemaker and other health problems.

Thanks for the help.
 

JonDouglas

Senior Member
Location
New England
Don't know much about roller coasters and health except for one tidbit: If you have passable kidney stones, riding one of those curvy, looping, spiraling, topsy-turvy coasters can loosen the stones in your kidneys so you can pass them if their edges aren't too sharp. Also, riding a motorcycle across rough terrain can sometimes do the same thing, but not to the same extent due to the forces involved. Don't ask me how I know this.

Edit Note: If your stones are too big to pass, you don't want to ride the coaster until you've had them blasted into smaller pieces. Otherwise, the pain can be greater than most people can endure without heavy sedation. Kidney stone pain can be right up there with physical torture in intensity I'm told by people who know such things.
 

win231

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Location
CA
Depending on how crazy the ride is, the G forces can compress vertebrae when the ride quickly changes direction & cause a retina detachment.
They have also caused undiagnosed aneurisms to burst. And the older a rider is, the more likely these are.
 
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Gary O'

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Location
Oregon

What health problems prevent people from riding Roller Coasters?​


Don't know

But it'd be a bit of a vision into schizophrenia....seems
 

win231

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Location
CA
Well, I've had to give up thrill rides, as much as I love them, because as my retina specialist says, "You have a choice between rollercoasters and your only functioning retina." I chose the retina.... Sigh.
Retina detachment is common with boxers. I know someone who had a retina detachment from drag racing. You can protect the outside of your body, but you can't prevent the effect of G-Forces on the inside of your body.
 
For several years I wore what is called a crow boot (CHARCOT RESTRAINT ORTHOTIC WALKER) and even though I was pretty agile wearing it, they wouldn't let me board the ride because of it. I ended up taking off the boot and leaving it on the platform and they were okay with letting me ride.
 

AnnieA

Senior Member
Location
Down South
https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/22/health/roller-coaster-age-limit/index.html

Excerpt:

“The issue is stress: Do you have the stamina to handle a high-speed ride that will push and pull your body?” said Robert Niles, founder and editor of themeparkinsider.com and former attraction host at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. “Riding a roller coaster is far safer than riding in a car to the park, but only if you don’t have any heart, neck or back conditions that might be exacerbated by the speed and stress of a coaster.”​
The goal of a roller coasters is to create a feeling of flying, and speed is key.​
In recent years, rides have been designed to be faster, taller and ever more intense, such as the Kingda Ka ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It’s heralded as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in North America, claiming to accelerate from 0 to 128 miles per hour in only 3½ seconds.​
“The major concern as people get older is blood pressure changes and changes in heart conduction,” said Dr. Malcolm Cohen, former chief of the Human Information Processing Research Branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Cohen highlights that exposure to sudden accelerations from roller coasters can pose physiological challenges to people with these problems.​
Other health conditions can make going on high-speed rides unsafe, including pregnancy, recent surgery, heart problems, high blood pressure and aneurysms, as well as the influence of drugs or alcohol.​
If you’re unsure about whether to embrace the adventure, Cohen suggests talking to a doctor before going on rides, particularly for those who are frail or have heart conditions.
 

Robert59

Senior Member
This friend's sister has told her she is too old of 69 with health problems like stage three kidney damage and her heart pacer and taking all kinds of medicine to be to dangerous.

Thank you all for the help.
 

Robert59

Senior Member
Found this on Dollywood website,
Any Guest with the following conditions that could be affected by the forces of the ride, or who have physical limitations that will prevent the Guest from following all safety rules and guidelines, must not ride.

· Heart Trouble

· High Blood Pressure

· Back or Neck Injury

· Recent Injury or Illness

·
The rides and attractions not recommended for Guests with these conditions are:

· Amazing Flying Elephants

· Barnstormer

· Blazing Fury

· Busy Bees

· Daredevil Falls

· Demolition Derby

· Dizzy Disk

· Drop Line

· FireChaser Express

· Lemon Twist

· Lightning Rod

· Lucky Ducky

· Mystery Mine

· Piggy Parade

· River Rampage

· Rockin’ Roadway

· Scrambler



· Shooting Star

· Tennessee Tornado

· Thunderhead

· Village Carousel

· Waltzing Swinger

· Wild Eagle



· Wonder Wheel
 

AnnieA

Senior Member
Location
Down South
Found this on Dollywood website,
Any Guest with the following conditions that could be affected by the forces of the ride, or who have physical limitations that will prevent the Guest from following all safety rules and guidelines, must not ride.

· Heart Trouble

· High Blood Pressure

· Back or Neck Injury

· Recent Injury or Illness

·
The rides and attractions not recommended for Guests with these conditions are:

...
Great that the park provides the info.

A friend of mine said his grandmother told him "You're always a teenager in your heart." I get what she meant! Especially in regards to what I could once physically do. I *feel* like I could still strap on a water ski and zoom around the reservoir half the day. If only...
 

Glowworm

Senior Member
Location
Sweden
I was refused a ride on a roller coaster the reason being that because I have no legs the lap bar wouldn’t hold me in. Anyway now I have bad neck and back problems It doesn’t worry me any more
 
Well, I've had to give up thrill rides, as much as I love them, because as my retina specialist says, "You have a choice between rollercoasters and your only functioning retina." I chose the retina.... Sigh.
Not much of a decision to be made there. Thanks for the tip though. Rollercoasters and I have generally been on the outs for the past 15 years, with the exception of my rare (every five years or so) visits to Disneyland. I'll think twice before climbing aboard another since at least two of my siblings have had surgery for detached retinas.
 
Found this on Dollywood website,
Any Guest with the following conditions that could be affected by the forces of the ride, or who have physical limitations that will prevent the Guest from following all safety rules and guidelines, must not ride.

· Heart Trouble

· High Blood Pressure

· Back or Neck Injury

· Recent Injury or Illness
Disneyland has very similar warnings as guests enter various ride queues.
 


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