Nordic ski jumping fatalities in the United States: a 50-year summary

J Trauma. 1988 Jun;28(6):848-51. doi: 10.1097/00005373-198806000-00024.


Nordic ski-jumping fatalities are rare events. Six jumping fatalities have occurred in the United States during the past 50 years. The fatality rate for nordic ski jumping, estimated to be roughly 12 fatalities/100,000 participants annually, appears to be within the range of fatality rates for other "risky" outdoor sports. Cervical fractures appear to be the most frequent fatal ski-jumping injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / mortality*
  • Death Certificates
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Skiing*
  • United States