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Golf cart injuries on the rise, study finds

As the popularity of golf carts has increased in recent years, so has the number of injuries attributed to them, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Vol. 35, Issue 1).

Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, relied on data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. In 1990, an estimated 5,770 golf cart injuries were reported; in 2006, the number rose 132 percent to 13,411. Although 70.3 percent of these injuries occurred at sports or recreational facilities, study authors point to the increased use of golf carts in other settings – such as college campuses, airports, military bases and business parks – as one reason for rising injury statistics.

Falling or jumping out of the cart is the most common cause of injury, and more than 30 percent of those injured in golf cart accidents were 16 and younger.



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