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October 18, 1965

Parachuting for Sport: Study of 100 Deaths

Author Affiliations


From the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1965;194(3):264-268. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090160042011

Parachuting as a sport is becoming more wide-spread. It has only a recent history in America, since it did not get started in earnest until after 1956, but jumpers in European countries have long engaged in this activity. Now, as a result of much publicity and a vigorous national organization, parachute clubs are active throughout this country.

Whereas military parachuting has as its goal the landing of groups of men with their equipment in a small enough space that they can accomplish a tactical mission, sport parachuting puts more emphasis on the individual, his performance during free-fall descent, and his target accuracy.

From a hastily recruited team assembled to compete in the Third International Parachuting Championship at Moscow in 1956, sport parachuting has expanded throughout our country. There are now over 500 clubs in operation, under the sponsorship of the Parachute Club of America (PCA). Although there are over 20

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