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February 27, 2002

Dangerous Amusement Rides?

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002American Medical Association

JAMA. 2002;287(8):974. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.974-JQU20002-3-1

With newer amusement park rides reaching G-forces that exceed those experienced by astronauts on the space shuttle, emergency physicians may be seeing a significant increase in head, neck, and back trauma, warned a report in the January issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

The authors reviewed amusement park injury and fatality reports published in the medical literature as well as data collected from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They calculated that the risk of injury requiring medical attention is one in 124 000 rides, based on CPSC data and the 900 million amusement park rides visitors take each year.

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