An analysis of accidental free falls from a height: the 'spring break' syndrome

J Trauma. 1993 Jan;34(1):123-6. doi: 10.1097/00005373-199301000-00023.


Vertical deceleration injuries represent a distinct form of urban blunt trauma. Mechanisms of injury differ from those of horizontal vehicular trauma, and severity primarily depends on velocity of impact. We describe 33 free-fall injuries in adults occurring under purely nonintentional circumstances at a popular college "spring break" resort. Patterns of injuries were found to differ significantly from previously reported patterns of injuries sustained by adults from both accidental and intentional vertical deceleration.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality
  • Wounds and Injuries / pathology*