Planning to Bungee jump in Rishikesh? Read these health safety standards before taking the plunge

Updated: March 22, 2019 5:25:57 PM

Bungee jumping as an adventure sport has turned into a growing obsession in the nation in the previous couple of years, especially with Millennials and Gen-Z becoming the trendsetters.

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By Niharika Nigam

Taking part in bungee jumping is an extraordinary plan to get some thrill and the much-needed escape from the everyday ordinary life; and to infuse your regular day with an experience of going weak in your knees, standing at a dizzying height, with the glorious fall – all yours for the taking. It is for the valiant-hearted and the strong-minded – for the daredevils craving that the surge of adrenaline!

As per the Statistics by the Ministry of Tourism of India shows that the number of domestic and foreign tourists in India is increasing every season. The year 2018 was declared as the year of Adventure Tourism owing to the great upsurge in adventure tourism, both inbound and outbound, in the country. Rishikesh has been declared as the adventure capital of India, and the popular Bungee jumping destination in Rishikesh has been credited as having played a key role in making it so.

What makes adventure sports so special? Bungee jumping as an adventure sport has turned into a growing obsession in the nation in the previous couple of years, especially with Millennials and Gen-Z becoming the trendsetters.

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, is the nation’s first professional bungee site, and effectively the best known, where jumps are operated from a fixed- cantilever built across the river Haul- a tributary of the great River Ganges. Imagine the adrenaline rush, Goosebumps, thumping heartbeat, and that out of the world feeling while taking the final step off the bungee platform, a rare feeling that can only be experienced.

But, Can everyone participate in these sports? Are there any health restrictions? Let us have a look at one of the most sought-after adventure sports, Bungee Jumping and dive deep into the thrilling details.

Attention Pregnant Women and NCD Patients!

Pregnant women and people suffering from cardiac issues, majorly abnormal blood pressure should refrain. Especially, for pregnant women, the caution is just during the period of their pregnancy, after which they can hit the tracks. As per the report by the World Health Organization, there are more people suffering from NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) than CDs (Communicable Diseases). That’s where the line of caution is drawn and only people with severe NCDs, specifically heart patients should stay at bay from becoming a bungee jumper.

Bone Injury? Time to Sit back in Safe Zone and Enjoy the Visuals

Older women, particularly those prone to osteoporosis, should stay away from such an overwhelming experiences, it’s better to sit back in the safe zone and cheer the daredevils who are attempting the thrilling jump. A caution for those having back or neck injuries, recent fractures, any dislocations, to refrain as well from taking the lead in this adventure sport and getting into health trouble.

Double Check for People with Neurological Disorders or Epilepsy

Yes, there is no better feeling than the adrenaline rush while jumping off the station and feeling the free flow of your body in the air while attempting bungee jumping. However, people suffering from severe neurological disorders or epilepsy are suggested to avoid undertaking any adventure sport, be it bungee jumping or flying fox.

Other than these general conditions, if one has any doubts about their specific physical conditions, rather than having second thoughts it’s better to consult the crew or trainer at any adventure sports center. With the evolution of better equipment, bungee jumping has become safer than ever. Over 70,000 people have done their bungee jumping at Rishikesh alone. If you haven’t yet, the question is, do you dare?

(The author is Director – Business Development at Jumpin Heights, Rishikesh)

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