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JRPMS Vol 2, No 2, June 2018, p.58-61

doi: 10.22540/JRPMS-02-058

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Original Article

Incidence and anatomic location of fractures resulting from static line parachuting in the Greek Army Forces: A retrospective study

Filippos Zigras1, Spilios Dellis2

  1. Special Forces Education Centre, N. Peramos, Attiki, Greece
  2. Artillery Training Centre, Thiva, Greece

Keywords: Parachute, Paratrooper, Parachuting fracture, Ankle brace


Abstract

Objectives: The incidence and patterns of parachuting fractures were investigated in Greek Armed Forces and compared to those of other studies in an attempt to assess the safety of parachuting. Methods: Data of 26.429 military static line parachute (SLP) jumps on 4019 paratroopers were collected by the official archive of the Greek parachuting military school during a 2 year period. Results: The total number of fractures was 55 in 26.429 SLP jumps. The overall rate was 2,1 fractures per 1000 descents. The fracture rate for the recruits, within the 18-30 year old group (5,3 fractures per 1000 jumps) was significantly higher (P<0,0005) than for the officers, the 30-60 year old group (1,1 fractures per 1000 jumps). Ankle fractures were the most common, accounted for 47,3% of the cases. Fracture - dislocation of the shoulder might be the new “paratroopers’s fracture”, which was encountered in 14,5% of the cases. Conclusion: We conclude that our data compares favorably with other studies except for higher rate of ankle fracture. It is recommended that a parachute ankle brace (PAB) should be worn by all paratroopers, especially those with lack of experience.