Objective: To describe injuries due to golf-related activities among pediatric patients requiring hospital admission.
Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of all sports-related injuries from 2000 to 2006 using a level 1 trauma center database.
Results: Of 1005 children admitted with sports-related injuries, 60 (6%) had golf-related injuries. The mean injury severity score was significantly higher for golf-related injuries (11.0) than that for all other sports-related injuries (6.8). Most golf-related injuries occurred in children younger than 12 years (80%), at home (48%), and by a strike from a club (57%) and resulted in trauma to the head or neck (68%).
Conclusions: Golf-related injuries, although an infrequent cause of sports-related injuries, have the potential to result in severe injuries, especially in younger children. Preventive efforts should target use of golf clubs by younger children in the home setting.