Trauma Mechanisms and Injuries Associated with Go-Karting
Hasan H. Eker#, Esther M.M Van Lieshout#, *, Dennis Den Hartog, Inger B Schipper§
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 107
Last Page: 110
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-4-107
Article History:Received Date: 16/11/2009
Revision Received Date: 5/12/2009
Acceptance Date: 25/12/2009
Electronic publication date: 17/2/2010
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/) which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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.