Participation in Deaf Sport: Characteristics of Elite Deaf Athletes

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David A. StewartMichigan State University

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Jo-Anne RobinsonAlberta School for the Deaf Edmonton

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Donald McCarthyCanadian Deaf Sports Association Vancouver

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Twenty-one deaf athletes who were participating in the 1989 World Games for the Deaf were surveyed to delineate biodemographical characteristics and the socialization processes that led to their initial involvement in deaf sport. They ranged in age from 21 to 34 years. Hearing coaches were the primary forces for introducing these athletes to opportunities in deaf sport. The findings of this study are compared with those of a similar study conducted on deaf sport directors. Marked differences between the characteristics of athletes and sport directors are discussed.

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