Spinal Accelerations on Theme Park Rides

Clarke, Amy & Adam, Clayton J. (2007) Spinal Accelerations on Theme Park Rides. In The Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research - Spinal Research Symposium V, 28-30 August 2007, Adelaide, Australia.


While theme park rides are carefully designed, the spinal accelerations experienced by riders are not well known, thus their suitability for paediatric patients who have undergone surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is not clear. Scoliosis surgery involves spinal fusion, a process which takes 3-6 months post-surgery for bridging bone to grow between adjacent vertebrae. Currently, doctors advise their patients on activities which are suitable to participate in, post surgery. This project, initiated by Surgeons and the Paediatric Spine Research Group at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane, aims to determine the suitability of this popular activity for post surgery AIS patients. The measured spinal accelerations on various local theme park rides were compared to spinal accelerations experienced during acceptable post surgery activities determined by health professionals. Initial findings suggest slightly higher G forces are experienced riding thene park rides, with little attenuation from L1 to C4. In addition, the data measured was used to perform a biomechanical assessment of the scoliotic spine in comparison to the 'normal' spine.

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ID Code: 13855
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:00

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