Fast-roping injuries among Army Rangers: a retrospective survey of an elite airborne battalion.


Journal Article

Fast-roping is a modified rappelling technique used by civilian and military special operations forces that frequently produces injuries. Highly classified until recently, fast-roping is poorly understood from a medical perspective. This paper presents a brief description of fast-roping and a retrospective survey of the types of fast-roping injuries sustained in a U.S. Army Ranger battalion. Injuries are similar to parachute landing fall injuries, but show a greater propensity for ankle injuries (30% of all injuries). The mechanisms of injury include landing injuries after a controlled descent and falls from a great height when an individual loses control of the rope.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kragh, JF; Taylor, DC

Published Date

  • June 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 160 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 277 - 279

PubMed ID

  • 7659222

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7659222

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0026-4075


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England