Trauma Mechanisms and Injuries Associated with Go-Karting

Hasan H. Eker#, Esther M.M Van Lieshout#, *, Dennis Den Hartog, Inger B Schipper§
Department of Surgery-Traumatology, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Surgery-Traumatology, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, P.O.Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Tel: +31-10-7031050; Fax: +31-10-7032396; E-mail:
§ Current address: Department of Surgery, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
# Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript.


Annually, approximately 600 patients seek medical attention after go-kart accidents in the Netherlands. A large variability in injury patterns can be encountered. Knowledge of the trauma mechanisms of go-kart accidents and insight into the associated injuries is limited and requires improvement. Such additional knowledge may lead to customized trauma protocols for patients with a high index of suspicion on go-kart injuries. Research into trauma mechanisms may also lead to implementation of improved or additional safety measures for go-karting, involving both the go-karts itself as well as prerequisites to the go-kart tracks and qualifications for the drivers. The main trauma mechanisms involved in gokart accidents, and three cases to illustrate the variety of injuries are described in the current manuscript.

Keywords: Trauma, go-kartig, spine.