Considering Occupational Safety Awareness in Elite Rugby: A Game of Near-Misses

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Title: Considering Occupational Safety Awareness in Elite Rugby: A Game of Near-Misses
Authors: Chen, YanbingBuggy, Conor J.Fullam, KarlKelly, Seamus
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Date: May-2021
Online since: 2022-08-17T11:38:19Z
Abstract: Rugby players often experience risk exposure that has potentially very serious long-term health implications. Safety and risk awareness in rugby has thus become crucial especially considering the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to advance understanding of safety awareness within elite rugby by exploring relationships between players, their behaviors, and the role stakeholders play in support and management. This study explored safety awareness in the context of elite rugby by utilizing document analysis, and an ethnographic approach incorporating observation, and semi-structured interviews. Participants were from rugby teams in Ireland. Observations occurred between August 2017 and May 2018, focusing on training sessions and competitive games. Data gathered were analyzed by thematic analysis using software NVivo. The findings identified three key themes: first, the risk to rugby players long-term health consequences tended to be underestimated; second, risk may be aggregated by players’ risk-taking behavior as a result of social exposure from stakeholders; third, safety practices in rugby, such as injury reporting, need to become more proactive rather than reactive. The dilemma that rugby players who prioritize their performance have to compromise their health-and-wellbeing can be ameliorated by safety culture cultivation, initiating with an encouragement of open communication on safety concerns.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Journal of Interdisciplinary Sciences
Journal: Journal of Interdisciplinary Sciences
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 31
Copyright (published version): 2021 the Authors
Keywords: Health and wellbeingRisk-taking behaviorInjury preventionAthlete welfareEthnographySportsRugby
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 2594-3405
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