Morbidity associated with golf-related injuries among children: findings from a pediatric trauma center

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Jan;27(1):11-2. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3182037c9a.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Female
  • Golf / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Trauma Centers / statistics & numerical data*
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*