Study Finds No Link Between Roller Coaster Riding, Brain Injuries
October 16, 2002

If you like riding roller coasters, researchers say go ahead, enjoy yourself. They say there's no evidence that even the fastest, tallest roller coasters cause brain injuries.

A study out today concludes roller coasters simply don't produce enough force to cause bleeding or swelling of the brain.

University of Pennsylvania researchers studied data from rides at three parks including Paramount King's Island, near Cincinnati.

Others dispute the findings and say more work needs to be done.

Politicians and consumer advocates have long questioned the safety of roller coasters, citing more than a dozen reports of brain injuries since 1979. One elderly patient died.

The Penn study appears in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

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