Introduction and description
Bungee jumping, according to Wikipedia, is
“an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure is usually a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or crane; but it is also possible to jump from a movable object, such as a hot-air-balloon or helicopter, that has the ability to hover above the ground. The thrill comes from the free-falling and the rebound. When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord recoils, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the kinetic energy is dissipated”
You can find out more about the history, equipment and safety issues from the Wikipedia site entry on Bungee jumping.
And bungee jumping has a record of producing out of body experiences as well as hallucinations – some of which have occurred after the event due to the eye injuries that occasionally result.
How it works
References and further reading
- Krott R, Mietz H, Krieglstein GK. Orbital emphysema as a complication of bungee jumping. Medical Science Sports Exercise 1997;29:850–2.
Vanderford L, Meyers M. Injuries and bungee jumping. Sports Medicine 1995;20: -
van Rens E. Traumatic ocular haemorrhage related to bungee jumping. Br J Ophthalmol 1994;78:948
Chan J. Ophthalmic complications after bungee jumping. Br J Ophthalmol 1994;78:239
Filipe JA, Pinto AM, Rosas V, et al. Retinal complications after bungee jumping. Int Ophthalmol 1994–95;18:359–60