Serious ski jumping injuries in Norway

Am J Sports Med. 1985 Mar-Apr;13(2):124-7. doi: 10.1177/036354658501300208.


Injuries caused by ski jumping have been poorly investigated. Among approximately 2,200 licensed jumpers in Norway, there occurred at least 12 injuries with a permanent medical disability of greater than or equal to 10%. The risk of being seriously injured is approximately 5% in a 5 year period (1977 to 1981); it is higher in the age group 15 to 17 years. Seven injuries were very serious [four central nervous system (CNS) lesions, two leg amputations, and one blindness of one eye], and five were less serious (sequelae to fractures of the lower extremities). The first jump of the day is particularly dangerous, and so is the beginning and end of the season. It seems dangerous to use more than one standard heel block. Poor preparation of the jump may have contributed to the accidents. Based on the findings, several prophylactic measures are suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Athletic Injuries* / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries* / etiology
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Norway
  • Seasons
  • Skiing*
  • Snow