bkoch

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    Hollister
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  • License Number
    38843
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    264
  • Years in Sport
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    Freeflying
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    Formation Skydiving
  1. I don't trust chiropracters at all. I feel like they have a vested interest in making sure my spine is screwed up and that they know enough about the spine to keep me needing to comeback. I hope completely I can get back in the sky someday. Its been almost a month and neck and back still hurt. Who knows what the future holds. Just for today, right? B "What kind of man would live a life without daring? Is life so sweet that we should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a better way to die?" - Charles Lindberg August 26th, 1938
  2. Just got back from the doc. Basically my jump career is effectively over. Based on the MRI a repeat injury to my neck or back could cause the disk to slip all the way out causing unknown reprucussions. If I end up jumping again it probably wont be for a long long time. Super bummed. Can't believe this crap. All because of a poor pack job on my Triathlon. I worried about a variety of things happening in my jump career of 264 jumps...PC in tow, horshoe...freefall collision, canopy collision...To be honest, I never worried about a Hard Opening. Now a hard opening has effectively ended my jump career for the forseeable future. Pack carefully folks. Your spine is fragile. Safe jumps everyone. Thanks for the memories. Brad
  3. Thanks for writing. If the pain goes away, I'll be back in the air. I'm really kicking myself for packing so poorly. If anyone out there, whether seasoned jumper or a newbie is reading this - take time to pack carefully and learn to pack canopies that open softly. Save yourself the chiropractic bills and visits to orthopedic surgeons... B
  4. Any idea how long it takes for whiplash to heal anyone? Doc says no jumping for three months. Seems excessive, but he says a whiplash injury with another whiplash injury can cause extensive damage. Anyone out there have whiplash before? How long until it healed? B
  5. Poor packing on my part is what caused my injury. Sort of a whiplash type accident. Middle upper back has pain, but neck is really sore and it has been ten days. I didn't even know how bad it was until days later. Lesson I learned- Pack carefully - slider all the way up, line stows tight and the right length, rubber bands strong enough to hold. If I hear a 10 minute call and haven't started packing and don't think I can pack well in that time, I will bump off the load and wait until the next one. My impatience waiting the hour between loads cost me...I have to sit out of skydiving for at least three months if I want a chance at complete recovery according to my doc. I hope I make it back. Skydiving has been so important in my life in so many ways. B "What kind of man would live a life without daring? Is life so sweet that we should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a better way to die?" - Charles Lindberg August 26th, 1938
  6. Got injured skydiving recently and according to my doc, I am looking at a three month recovery before I should jump again. Just curious about how many people out there have chronic pain from injuries related to skydiving.
  7. bkoch

    Soft opening canopies

    What are the softest opening canopies on the market today? Brad
  8. bkoch

    Repost

    I posted this in the freefly forum, but I realize it is more of a safety question so I am reposting it here: Just wondering - After a freeflying jump; in a sit or head down, how much altitude should I spend slowing down on my belly before I deploy my main? I want to be able to open around 3500 feet, should I allow 1000 feet to slow down or 1500 feet? Let me know your opinion. Thanks for writing. Brad
  9. bkoch

    Slowing down

    Hey folks, Just wondering - After a freeflying jump; in a sit or head down, how much altitude should I spend slowing down on my belly before I deploy my main. I want to be able to open around 3500 feet, should I allow 1000 feet to slow down or 1500 feet? Let me know your opinion. Thanks for writing. Brad
  10. bkoch

    Injury stories

    So far it seems, as is from the stories I heard at the DZ, that landing by far in a way leads the pack in terms of injury... I've heard around the DZ about some narly freefall collision stuff too, but I'm not surprised that landing takes the cake. Makes sense to me. B "What kind of man would live a life without daring? Is life so sweet that we should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a better way to die?" - Charles Lindberg August 26th, 1938
  11. bkoch

    Injury stories

    There is a lot of talk in magazines, online and such about fatalities that happen in skydiving because we can learn so much about safety through knowledge of how people die in skydiving... but I read that a little over a thousand skydivers have an injury every year that requires a visit to a doc... I bet there is a lot to be learned from people's injury stories as well - what to do and what not to do. So for anyone interested in posting, I'd like to hear about anytime you have been injured in skydiving, what caused it, what was injured, and what could be done to prevent it? Thanks for taking the time to tell me. Brad PS 252 jumps and no injuries for me so far...knock on wood...
  12. bkoch

    Sigma Tandem

    No, since they are patented. Normal business practice, nothing wrong with it. .....? That makes no sense to me. The three ring release and throw out pilot chute are also patented, but nearly every system today has them now. If the Sigma Tandem design is the best and safest design why don't other manufacturors pay the owner of the patent and update their systems? B
  13. bkoch

    Sigma Tandem

    Hey, I heard at the DZ this past Friday that the Sigma Tandem design has made Tandem jumping much much safer. I was just wondering if all Tandem systems from all manufacturors have made the safety updates that the Sigma has on it? Brad
  14. bkoch

    What do you like about doing Tandems?

    Thanks folks for letting me know the bright side of tandems and the link to the other thread about this topic. I'm jazzed about advancing in this sport. Since I'm in the Psychology field I am also intrigued at how people respond to an experience like skydiving for the first time. Brad "What kind of man would live a life without daring? Is life so sweet that we should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a better way to die?" - Charles Lindberg August 26th, 1938
  15. bkoch

    What do you like about doing Tandems?

    Hey folks, I'm interested in getting my Tandem rating as soon as I have 500 jumps, which I hope to have by this time next year if the waters don't rise. I only want to do Tandems one day a week and not have it as a primary job. I've heard what people don't like about Tandems, but I'd like to hear the brighter side as well. What do you like about doing Tandems? Brad