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'Think it, talk it, work it': violence, injury and Australian Rules football

Hemphill, Dennis (2002) 'Think it, talk it, work it': violence, injury and Australian Rules football. Sporting traditions, 19 (1). pp. 17-31. ISSN 0813-2577

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Now that the Australian Football League (AFL) has evolved into a bigbusiness enterprise, it is perhaps an opportune time to ask whether WorkCover or other health and safety related messages reach football practitioners. In other words, in a dangerous contact sport like football, do industrial health and safety messages fall on deaf ears? While the question lends itself to an empirical study by sport psychologists or sociologists, this paper explores a number of discourses operating in Australian football that might lead one to answer this question in the affirmative. The paper will then examine how AFL player professionalism can be redescribed to promote a greater measure of self-regulation of workplace health and safety.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: AFL, Victorian WorkCover Authority, whistle-blowing, sledge, Brownlow 'best and fairest' award, AFL premiership, WorkSafe
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008 00:29
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 01:15
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