Monday, September 29, 2008

Getting Injured With a Golf Cart is a Normal Thing, Not a Hockey Player Thing

Golf is a very dangerous sport. This article shows why.

Golf Cart Injuries on the Rise
Nearly 147,700 Golf Cart Injuries Treated in Emergency Rooms From 1990 to 2006

By Miranda Hitti - WebMD Health News

June 13, 2008 -- Drive a golf cart? Better think safety. The number of golf-cart-related injuries treated at U.S. hospitals rose by 132% from 1990 to 2006, a new study shows.

During that time, nearly 147,700 golf cart injuries were treated at U.S. emergency rooms, rising from 5,772 cases in 1990 to 13,411 cases in 2006, the researchers estimate.

The top problem: Falling or jumping from a golf cart.

Most cases were bruises or other soft-tissue injuries, mainly to the legs and feet. About 31% of the injuries occurred in children.Golf cart injuries didn't just happen on golf courses. Golf carts have become more widely used, and in some states are allowed on public roads. They're also more powerful than they used to be, note Lara McKenzie, PhD, of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues.

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