Riding a roller coaster is probably the most thrilling experience that most of us can take part in unless of course, you’re into bungee jumping and F1 racing on a regular basis.
Roller coasters form the backbone of the whole amusement park experience. A fun day out with friends and family accentuated by a ride that will chill you to the bones, leaving you flustered, exhausted, and exhilarated.
Even the very sight of a bunch of people cascading through the air strapped to metal serpents is enough to conjure up a sense of thrill like no other. However, the physical effects of a roller coaster ride are pretty devastating for the uninitiated.
With adrenaline pumping and your heartbeat racing, it really feels like you’re on a journey into bedlam. The roller coaster feeling, in other terms, can feel like your insides being put into a cocktail shaker and then sent flying around against each other for as long as the ride lasts.
The reason that your insides feel like they’re being tossed around is quite simple. They are actually being tossed around!
According to the medical team at Florida Hospital, the motions that your body goes through while on the topsy-turvy journey on the roller coaster is also experienced internally. This means that with every slide and turn, your brain, intestines, and other internal organs are also moving according to the motion.
G-force is the measure used to determine the intensity of a roller coaster. This is the force that is exerted on a physical object as a result of acceleration or gravity. In case of roller coasters, there are different levels of G-force. Most rides stick to a range around G4, but the maximum that the human body can withstand is G9.
The thing with G-force is that every part of your body reacts to this acceleration. In most cases, your internal organs move within their physical cavity, being pushed back by the acceleration and bouncing back when you decelerate.
Although the thought of such a thing seems quite wince-inducing to some, it’s actually not harmful at all if done up to a limit, as roller coasters have shown us.
We hope you keep these interesting things in mind the next time you’re on a roller coaster. But then again, when your heart is in your mouth and you’re screaming away to glory, we doubt you’ll be too concerned about the science behind your thrills.