The welfare of retired jockeys

Speed, Harriet (2007) The welfare of retired jockeys. Project Report. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Retirement is a part of life. In the general workforce, retirement is usually by personal choice and is associated with many years of prior planning and preparation, to allow for the provision of income sources deemed necessary to meet future personal needs, as well as the setting up of alternative lifestyle choices. Research has shown that successful adjustment to retirement can exert an important influence on the overall health and wellbeing of the individual. The research described in this report is in response to a call by the Minister for Racing for an investigation into the welfare of retired jockeys, so as to identify strategies for the Government and the racing industry to provide better options for jockeys when they leave behind their riding career. The investigation comprised a series of four studies designed to provide an exploratory and descriptive account of: (1) current trends and issues in the retirement of jockeys in Victoria, Australia, from the perspectives of both retired jockeys and jockeys currently engaged in the sport, and of (2) retirement support services and strategies made available to jockeys by racing bodies in Victoria and elsewhere, and to the athletes of other sports by their corresponding sporting associations. The main findings of the research are summarised in this report.

Item type Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Keywords ResPubID12897, retired jockeys, welfare, support networks, Victoria
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