Improved safety in ski jumping

Am J Sports Med. 1988 Sep-Oct;16(5):499-500. doi: 10.1177/036354658801600512.


Among approximately 2,600 licensed Norwegian ski jumpers, only three injuries that caused a permanent medical disability of at least 10% were incurred during the 5 year period from 1982 through 1986. When compared to the previous 5 year period (1977 to 1981), a dramatic improvement in safety is seen, as both number and severity of such injuries were markedly reduced. There are several probable reasons for this improved safety record: better preparation of the jumps, the return to using only one standard heel block, and the fact that coaches are being more responsible, especially with younger jumpers.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Accident
  • Male
  • Norway
  • Seasons
  • Skiing*