Forskningsprojekt: Biomechanics in skydiving – Free Fall Acrobatics to Reduce Neck Loads During Parachute Opening Shock: Evaluation of an Intervention. (ACROPOSE)”. The project is ongoing and includes a postdoc-position
Anton Westman, NVS/Fyfa KI
Björn Äng Kristofer Gladh, NVS KI Peter Lindholm, Fyfa KI Riccardo Lo Martire, KI & KTH
This study aims to evaluate the use of an aerial human body manoeuvre to reduce the biomechanical load on the neck of parachutists during parachute opening, in order to create a basis for the future prevention of skydiver neck pain in the parachutist population. This study will use a cross-over, repeated measures design with random ordering of performing an intervention jump or an "ordinary" jump in the first jump of two consecutive skydives from 4000 m altitude on the same day. Intervention: a free fall velocity reduction prior to main parachute deployment (by making the body surface large in the air) followed by a head high body attitude prior to main parachute deployment. The project is registered at ClinicalTrials and presented as a project at HD. Goal 2019: to publish three peer-review papers, and to carry out a demonstration day at Borlänge Airport. Innovation: to contribute to a basis for future prevention of neck pain among skydivers, which is known to be associated with repeated exposure to parachute opening. Partners: Collaboration with researches at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the Swedish Parachute Association, and initiate collaboration with Parks College Parachute Research Group, Florida, USA. Extended collaboration with companies that own wind tunnels is planned.