Impact of Roller Coasters on your Body

 Impact of Roller Coasters on your Body


In every summer season, individuals who love to experience thrill travel to amusement parks to get the fastest, tallest and fearful roller coasters ride. In such ride, you normally feel wind racing, the tracks rumbling, the loop-de-loops and stomach-churning drops that ultimately results into blood pumping and adrenaline flowing. Have you ever noticed what is exactly happening inside your bodies? In this article, you will be given a brief review of how your body normally respond to these thrill rides.


Heart is one of the prominent organs of your body but when you experience the roller coaster ride, the fright and delight that you experience get the heart racing. According to the research, the heart monitors that were installed inside the roller coaster rides discovered the heart rates that spiked to over 155 beats in single minute. In addition to that, the highest heart rate recorded when the ride slow climb to the top of the first drop, focusing the main role of fear and anticipation. As the youngster do not face any danger due to rising heart rate, but people already facing pre-existing heart disease can face heart attack in such rides.


Most people love to enjoy the scary moments as long as it is far from any real danger. Some people are fond of watching scary movies, while some love to experience the thrill of roller coaster ride that ultimately activates a fight-or-flight response, that produces a cocktail of hormones into their bloodstream. These produced brain chemicals such as adrenaline, dopamine and cortisol, rouse a natural high and provides your body with intensive energy that helps you feel more alert and livelier.


Roller coasters are mainly dependent on gravity that can have stimulating physical impacts on the body. When you stand on the ground, you actually experience 1G, but G-forces reaches to high level on a rollercoaster. According to the study, the highest G-forces recorded on a roller coaster is 6.3Gs. the reason to the fact is that when the gravitational pressure increases, the blood of your body is forced toward your feet, which actually puts pressure on your heart to get that blood back up to your brain. It is estimated that the typical human body can survive up to 5Gs . However, when you experience such situations at roller coaster rides, your brain is completely deprived of blood and oxygen, that eventually leads you to lightheadedness, vision loss or black-outs for some moments.


According to the medical study, the link among the eyes and vestibular system is found in the inner ear that detect motion, balance and spatial orientation. Surprisingly, when a person experiences the irregular and unpredictable movements of a roller coaster, the eye and ear get confused and starts to send unclear messages to the brain. The best part is that kids like to enjoy this confusing moment. While on the other hands, adults who are basically familiar to more predictable motion, such confusion leads them to dizziness, vertigo or motion sickness. We all know the fact that roller coaster rides take us to the extreme of fear and thrill but the interesting part is that these rides are still believed to be remarkably safe. These extreme bodily sensations help you to make your experience much exhilarating.

Blood Rushes to Your Feet

Some people spend their life with unfulfilled dreams of being a fighter pilot. We recommend those people to at least experience the roller coaster ride because the experience might be the closest approximations of being the fighter pilot. One of the significant reasons behind the fact is G forces. According to the scientific research, when a person stands in one place on the ground, he experiences 1G, or 1 time the force of gravity which is normal as the body has accustomed itself to cope with it. In contrast, when you take a corner in a fast-moving car, you will eventually feel yourself getting pushed towards the outside of the turn. This is basically the example of G forces that acts on your body in unfamiliar directions.  Most of the times when you are travelling in a regular transport, these pushes are not significantly noticed more than a light push.

Blood Rushes to Your Head

Moving round a circle in a roller coaster, while your feet on the outside of the turn actually builds “positive” G forces, due to which your blood moves towards your feet. In contrast, moving round the circle with your head on the outside of the turn builds “negative” G forces. It is when suddenly the skull becomes the place for blood. It is analyzed that the human body has less tolerance for negative G forces than positive. The reason to the fact is that it works inversely the way nature has programmed the bodies to work, therefore intense negative G forces can be sometimes unpleasant for the body. 

Your Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Increase

As we know that during the roller coaster rides, most of the time we spend is in sitting down but the interesting part is the heart rate that sparks to the surprising rate. If you have experienced the roller coaster ride ever, you might also have thought that you are running around the track rather than riding. The expert healthcare professionals of the University Hospital of Mannheim in Germany conducted a research in which heart rate monitors were attached with every single ride. Surprisingly, the result of a roller coaster rider’s average heart rate jumps to 155 beats per minute mainly when they moved on the Expedition GeForce ride. However, the peak rate didn’t happen at the highest, fastest, sharpest turn, but during the slowest moves.  The reason was the slow climb prior the starting big drop that resulted in the most pounding.

Your Neck Muscles Have to Work Hard to Protect Your Spine

We all know that roller coaster rides are designed in such a way that can keep you safe and healthy all times. The safety precaution ensures your safety on your seat in a roller coaster. Despite all these precautions, no matter whatever seat belt the ride comes with will always restrain your chest only. In this way all the remaining parts of your body including arms, legs, and head are left untied that will keep on flapping in the air.



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