Skydiving culture and its relation to injury risks and injury reporting
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This article explores some aspects of the Swedish skydiving culture and its relation to injury risks and injury reporting. Seventeen skydivers were interviewed and the transcripts were analyzed with latent and manifest content analyses. The reference frame emerging from the narratives encompasses experiences of joy, passion and playfulness; and of injury, suffering and death. The risk of injury is viewed as an integrated element of the recreational activity, counterbalanced by its recreational value. From the text analysis we suggest that Swedish skydiving culture is carried by the local club; not the national association. Though the Swedish Parachute Association has far-reaching powers over the clubs, our findings imply that skydiving culture at the local drop zone and formal and informal hierarchical structures among skydivers are what really decide how rules are enforced, and if incidents and injuries are reported.
content analysis, extreme sport, injury, interview, risk, skydiving
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19687DiVA: diva2:202312