Sport safety policies and practices in two rural Victorian communities

Casey, M., Finch, C. F., Mahoney, Mary and Townsend, Mardie 2004, Sport safety policies and practices in two rural Victorian communities, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 226-231, doi: 10.1016/S1440-2440(04)80013-6.

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Title Sport safety policies and practices in two rural Victorian communities
Author(s) Casey, M.
Finch, C. F.
Mahoney, Mary
Townsend, Mardie
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 226
End page 231
Publisher Sports Medicine Australia
Place of publication Belconnen, A.C.T.
Publication date 2004-06
ISSN 1440-2440
Summary Australian football and netball are the predominant sports played in rural Victoria, Australia. This exploratory study is the first to report the sport safety policies and practices adopted by junior Australian football and netball clubs in small rural communities. Eleven informants from four clubs completed a semi-structured interview and survey. Whilst the clubs performed a range of injury prevention activiities, they did not have formal sports safety policies. Generally, netball informants reported fewer safety practices than football informants. Crucial factors influencing safety policies and practices were the reliance on volunteers and a lack of senior players. Barriers towards the adoption of safety policies and practices appeared to be related to rural population declines, a lack of qualified people and attitudes to injury in rural areas. Future research needs to identify how widespread this lack of sport safety policies and practices is across rural Australia and to identify strategies to overcome barriers to implementing them.
Notes Available online 16 December 2005.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1440-2440(04)80013-6
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Elsevier
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