Children can be injured in playing or watching the game of golf. The worst injuries are golf-related head injuries in which a ball or the club can strike the child in the head, resulting in severe injuries to the skull and brain. The ball is essentially a large missile that can cause a comminuted skull fracture or a depressed skull fracture. This can cause bleeding within the brain or a hematoma outside of the brain but beneath the skull.
Recently, researchers report an increase in golf-related head injuries involving children and especially adolescents. The researchers have found a unique pattern of traumatic brain injury particularly associated with a swinging club. In the study, the researchers describe the mechanism of this injury and show how they managed to treat these types of injuries.