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Hi all,

I took up my aff several years ago and for unknown reasons my outer hip joints hated it in a big way, I had to stop jumping after 3 jumps.
I seen several specialist had several injections, and no1 could work out exactly what the issue was.
anyway I still come into this site every day since and I'm getting to the point where I'm going insane lol.

I thought eventually I could grow away from it but it aint happening, I need to get into an aircraft

I'm wanting to know what the best kind of jump is I should try first.
what would have the softest opening shock out of the following.
1. Aff freefall.
2. Tandam (passenger) free fall
3. Static Line

as my hips feel great these days, but I would rather try the smoothest ride first.

thanks in advance
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I took up my aff several years ago and for unknown reasons my outer hip joints hated it in a big way, I had to stop jumping after 3 jumps.


What bigway are you talking about?

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1. Aff freefall.
2. Tandam (passenger) free fall
3. Static Line


I vote for static line. That's just subterminal(opening) in the beginning.

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big way as in I'd be hobbleing around.
limping like an old dog.
when I'd jump it was like a tearing sensation to the outside of my hip joints and also like being whacked with a sledge hammer, by my 3rd jump it took about 1.5 years to recover.
before I could fully run again without feeling this weird painfull sensation.

I had scans and they could see some inflamation and I got heaps of blood tests which found nothing and they thought it might have been arthritis of some kind at first but never found any further evidence, I got some quarterzone injections which made a big difference, I eventually got back into running again and now can run fine like before I started jumping.

before I jump again I'm going to really really test out my hips in every way possible, start stretching them in weird angles and do a lot more then running/swimming, like cycleing and diff kinds of weights at the gym.
then if everything is fine, hopefully find a DZ in my new current country "england" and take up jumping again.

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Try harness activities like climbing too to see if its the restriction and pressure caused by a harness that is triggering the hip issues.

Static line usually has the least opening shock for the first jump.
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cool thanks for that.

hopefully I can find some absailing or indoor rock climbing place near by.

so static line it will be.
if anyone disagree's please speak up.

also does the tandam provide less force to the student then a non tandam jump?
as I've seen people in there 80's and older do tandams and they didn't seem to break, but I guess that could mean they might also be able to do normal jumps as well.
I'm just trying to work out the best progression for my come back

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Even though I don't have a lot of experience in skydiving yet, when I went through my AFF I used three different rigs. I found two of the three were very painful while my weight was suspended. The third seemed to fit me better and was much less painful, but there was still some discomfort.
Once I got measured and purchased my own rig, the only time I get any pain at all is when I really put the canopy into spins that put a lot of G's on me. You might try to see if you can get a better fit on a student/rental harness.
I know the expression I heard about the student/rental rigs was, "One size fits none."
Good luck.
"I'm not lost. I don't know where I'm going, but there's no sense in being late."
Mathew Quigley

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>also does the tandam provide less force to the student then a non tandam jump?

Depends on many things. The canopy typically opens pretty softly, but:

a) rouge openings happen

b) the loads on your hips are different; there's more pressure on the anterior part of your pelvis due to the guy being there behind you.

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