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  Rollercoaster danger warning
Updated 10 January 2002, 16.05
The Oblivion rollercoaster at Alton Towers
Rollercoasters could be bad for our health, doctors have warned.

A study has shown rollercoasters could be the cause of mystery head, neck and back injuries.

And although the risk of injury is quite small, there is concern that as rollercoasters get bigger, faster and more thrilling, the more injuries and even deaths there will be.

A rollercoaster in Ohio, USA

Some rollercoasters reach G-forces which are more than what astronauts go through.

Serious brain injury

People should also be warned about the possible dangers of rollercoasters before they go on them, the doctors who did the study said.

They found the average risk of hurting yourself was one in every 124,000 rides. But the risk of a fatal injury was one in every 150m rides.

In the past 10 years, there have been 15 reported cases of people having serious brain injuries from rollercoasters, which have led to them dying.

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