Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
We talk a lot on this blog about health and safety in sports. And while many golfers might be concerned about golfer’s elbow or other joint injuries, it’s important to remember that not all sports injuries are strictly related to athletic form!
An infographic from Auger Law reminds us that the golf cart can be one of the most dangerous aspects of a golf game. Let’s take a closer look at the facts…
Golf Cart Injury Statistics
- From 1990 to 2006, golf cart accidents increased over 130%. There were 150,000 golf cart injuries during this time.
- 40% of accidents were caused by falling or jumping.
- Children under the age of 16 constituted 30% of all injuries
The majority of these accidents are occurring at sports facilities, such as golf courses. Looking at the accidents recorded, 15% occurred on streets or public property, another 15% occurred at home or on a farm, and the remaining 70% occurred at sports facilities.
Golf Cart Injuries & Falling
Falling is one of the main dangers of being in a golf cart accident. We’ve discussed fall prevention at length here on the Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Blog. It’s important to note that falling can increase your risk for head and neck injuries, including concussion. If you’ve sustained a fall, see a health care provider for a fall assessment.
Top 10 Causes of Golf Cart Accidents
- Sharp turns
- Distracted driving
- Inattentive drivers
- Racing and horseplay
- Too many passengers
- Not engaging the brake
- Driving under the influence
- Driving over dangerous terrain
- Reversing downhill
- 10. Hanging the leg outside the vehicle
5 Tips for Safer Golf Cart Driving
- Don’t let the kids drive. If your child isn’t legally allowed to drive a car, then they also shouldn’t operate a golf cart.
- Take it slow. Speed isn’t worth the injury.
- Pay attention. Just because a golf cart isn’t as big or as fast as a car doesn’t mean it deserves any less of your attention.
- Avoid reckless behavior. No sharp turns, dangerous slopes, or drinking and driving.
- Stay the course. Only drive in approved areas.
And, by the way, if you do find yourself with a case of golfer’s elbow, try these stretches and exercises for relief!
Find a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor Near You
Looking for a sports medicine doctor in Houston? Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.