Jun 12, 2001, 1:41 PM
Post #1 of 2
Experienced camera fliers may have already dealt with this, but I've been wondering this for a while. How do you prevent serious whiplash/neck fractures on hard openings -- especially when some of y'all wear pounds of stuff on your head?
One thought was a neck brace sorta like what footbal players wear. I'd think you'd have to protect your neck somehow.
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quade (D 22635)
Jun 12, 2001, 3:36 PM
Post #2 of 2
A fellow camera flyer at the DZ this weekend, who jumps a Stilleto 120, put a G-meter from an aerobatic airplane on his helmet and jumped it a few times. He was getting readings from +8 to -5. We assume the -5 was a whiplash type of thing.
I -don't- think a brace is a very good idea, since that would limit your ability to move your head and look out for traffic.
I think the best protection from hard openings is to not have them. Pack correctly and choose the right canopy for the job.