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Experiences of Injuries and Injury Reporting among Swedish Skydivers
Department of Nursing, Mid Sweden University and Mid Sweden Research & Development Centre, Västernorrland County Council, Sundsvall.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2014 (English)In: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, ISSN 1179-1543, E-ISSN 1179-1543, 102645- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective was to illuminate the experience of injuries and the process of injury reporting within the Swedish skydiving culture. Data contained narrative interviews that were subsequently analyzed with content analysis. Seventeen respondents (22–44 years) were recruited at three skydiving drop zones in Sweden. In the results injury events related to the full phase of a skydive were described. Risk of injury is individually viewed as an integrated element of the recreational activity counterbalanced by its recreational value. The human factor of inadequate judgment such as miscalculation and distraction dominates the descriptions as causes of injuries. Organization and leadership act as facilitators or constrainers for reporting incidents and injuries. On the basis of this study it is interpreted that safety work and incident reporting in Swedish skydiving may be influenced more by local drop zone culture than the national association regulations. Formal and informal hierarchical structures among skydivers seem to decide how skydiving is practiced, rules are enforced, and injuries are reported. We suggest that initial training and continuing education need to be changed from the current top-down to a bottom-up perspective, where the individual skydiver learns to see the positive implications of safety work and injury reporting.

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2014. 102645- p.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Nursing
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88561DOI: 10.1155/2014/102645OAI: diva2:716325
Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-05-09 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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