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Risk assessment agency: Golfers should be wearing protective helmets

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With thousands of dollars paid out each year in claims from head injuries sustained on the golf course from stray golf balls, there is now a new initiative that proposes that all golfers should wear helmets while on the course.

Statistics show that between 16 and 41 percent of amateur golfers are injured each year from errant golf balls. These accidents leading to both insurance claims and time lost at work. As GolfPunk originally reported, that has prompted businesses to lobby for tighter safety measures on the course.

Chris Hall, a spokesperson for the health and safety and employment agency Protecting.co.uk, spoke about the need for greater protection on the golf course — citing the protective helmets used by rugby players as one example.

“If you look at a selection of other sports played in the UK, both contact and non-contact, there are measures in place to reduce injury. For example, many amateur and lower-league rugby clubs insist on protective helmets; martial arts classes provide pads for their students – and this is not just to prevent injury. It’s because financially, it makes sense for clubs (and their insurers) to prove they’ve reduced harm wherever possible.”

Research shows that golf had an injury rate of 1.8 per 1,000 participants while rugby’s injury rate was 1.5 per 1,000. Perhaps more poignant is the fact that the demographic breakdown of golfers leans towards men in their 40s and 50s, of which many make up a large proportion of managerial and director-level employees — in other words, people companies can’t afford to have out of work.

Despite the farfetchedness of the thought of golfers having to wear helmets on the golf course in the future, Hall suggested that there is a distinct possibility that the idea could be implemented, once more stressing the importance for greater safety measures within the sport.

“Public safety campaigns are crucial to changing the status quo. Cyclists are aware that helmet use is recommended. With enough support from insurers, businesses and health & safety professionals, a similar scenario could happen with golfers.”

So, GolfWRXers, there you have it. How would you feel about wearing a helmet while enjoying your round of golf? Do the stats change your opinion?

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jamie

    Nov 5, 2018 at 11:31 am

    When Bryson shows up on Tour with a helmet and a short bus, I’ll consider it. Thanks for the laugh.

  2. Tony Dyck

    Nov 5, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Dumbest article I’ve seen on WRX.

    We can report posters for bad behaviour, but unfortunately there is no method for reporting absolute junk articles posted by WRX.

  3. Tiger Noods

    Nov 4, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    A 41% injury rate is slightly higher than the casualty rate for Marines at Iwo Jima. (https://www.quora.com/What-were-the-average-soldiers-odds-of-surviving-WWII)

  4. TRUMP 2020

    Nov 4, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Like riding a bicycle, you’re going to get racked sooner or later. Its just part of it.

  5. Aztec

    Nov 4, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Is the injury rate of 1.8 out of 1000 just head injuries or all injuries? Does it only include injuries incurred by errant golf balls or injuries caused by anything encountered while playing golf? How many of these injuries would be prevented by the use of a helmet? Without clarification, this article lacks credibility and, frankly, is a bad attempt at being relevant.

  6. Brad

    Nov 3, 2018 at 4:34 am

    ROFL when I read the line that read “between 16 and 41 percent”….What, the authors of this study can’t do math well enough to narrow their probabilities to within less than 25 percent variance?

    Funny enough, this study also showed that aerobics had the highest injury rate at 5.3 per 1,000 per year. What out Richard Simmons, they’ll be making you wear a stack hat as well soon…

  7. B. Ferguson

    Nov 3, 2018 at 12:35 am

    After that poor woman lost her eye on an errant drive recently, you’d need a full-face motorcycle helmet with a windscreen to feel safe.

    Hmmm . . . maybe I should keep a life jacket beside my bathtub, too.

  8. James

    Nov 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Can’t wait to see Rickie in an orange helmet! Tiger in red on Sunday.

  9. joel jolicoeur

    Nov 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I hope you did not pay Gianni for this.

    • Brandon

      Nov 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      They shouldn’t pay that guy anything ever.

  10. A. Comoner

    Nov 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    What a load of manure!! Complete waste.

  11. chp

    Nov 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    If all vehicular speed limits were reduce to a 5 mph maximum, there would be fewer injuries as well

  12. PJ

    Nov 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Is it April 1st?

  13. DB

    Nov 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Research, statistics, and SCIENCE! … No thanks. I would like to live my life as an actual human. I’m not wearing a helmet to play golf.

  14. STOP IT

    Nov 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Please wear a helmet in a LOS ANGELES or any So Cal golf course, even better a driving range and see what happens.. PLEASE TEST THIS HERE! We need someone to make fun of and laugh drunk and high during these 6 hour rounds.

  15. Samuel Jackson MmmMMM

    Nov 2, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Sorry but this story lost me when it started comparing injury rates between rugby and golf… Who ever came up with this concept just lost ALL their credibility comparing the two.

  16. Lynn Hall

    Nov 2, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    ‘Statistics show that between 16 and 41 percent of amateur golfers are injured each year from errant golf balls.’ then I read ‘Research shows that golf had an injury rate of 1.8 per 1,000 participants’ … Uh, is this British math ?

    • Scott

      Nov 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      I can not figure out how i only know a couple of people that have been hit when 41% of all golfers have been plunked.

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