Going on amusement park rides is one of the safest forms of recreation. According to the International Association of Amusement Park Attractions, you are more likely to be injured when you play sports, ride a horse, or even ride a bicycle. Statistics show the occurrence of death to be approximately one in 250 million riders.
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What causes injuries?
For example, small children might be barred from some rides because of their low body mass. People with back or neck problems may be at a greater risk of injury on rides that create force on these areas. A ride's designers understand the forces acting on the rider and create the safety rules for his reason.
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"Amusement Park Physics" is inspired by programs from The Mechanical Universe...and Beyond.