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

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Hemphill, Dennis ORCID: 0000-0003-3834-6624 (2002) 'Think it, talk it, work it': violence, injury and Australian Rules football. Sporting traditions, 19 (1). pp. 17-31. ISSN 0813-2577


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
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1108
Official URL http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/Sporti...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords AFL, Victorian WorkCover Authority, whistle-blowing, sledge, Brownlow 'best and fairest' award, AFL premiership, WorkSafe
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