Sunday, November 21, 2010

Strategies of Deaf Athletes

Cornell University baseball poster
It's interesting to mention a deaf athlete to a hearing person. You tend to hear one of two responses: "But how can they play?" or "Being deaf would totally help! They can tune everything out." But how does it work in real life?

This article at ESPN takes a look at the strategies of five deaf athletes. It's very interesting to read.

Josh Hembrough, a hurdler at Purdue who wears a cochlear implant, once had a false start because he was so focused on listening to noise he reacted to the wrong thing. Curtis Pride, baseball coach at Gallaudet, recalls the standing ovation he got in the stands. Marcus Titus, a swimmer with the U.S. national team who went to U of A, has a strobe light instead of sound at matches. Derrick Coleman, a football player, has to deal with extra layers in his helmet because of his hearing aid. And Emily Cressy has an interpreter on the sidelines for her.

I really liked this article and wish all the best for the five athletes mentioned here.

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