Evaluation of the Head Injury Hazard during Military Parachuting
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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The incidence of head injury during U.S. Army airborne training and airborne operations has doubled in recent years. A number of factors are known to contribute to head injuries incurred during airborne trainingoperations. These factors include the small amount of impact protection provided by the PASGT helmet, shortcomings in training procedures, and failure of trained airborne troops to follow proper procedures when jumping. Other factors are involved as well. This report shows, with relatively little modification, the impact protection and retention characteristics of the PASGT airborne helmet can be significantly improved. Also, this report evaluates a number of factors present in airborne training and operational environments that contribute to head injury and explains how training and operational procedures can be modified to reduce the incidence of repeated headstrikes and subsequent serious head injuries. Head injury Impact protection PASGT helmet Operational environments Headstrikes.
- Military Aircraft Operations