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Author Archives: Martin

Indoor and Outdoor Basketball and My Friend Sam

The feeling of playing basketball outdoors and indoors is completely different for me. Outdoors, I can feel the refreshing breeze and sense the firm surface of the concrete under my feet. The shoes provide me with a certain amount of cushion although bumping up and down on the rigid surface makes my knees and ankles … Continue reading »

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Homemade Defense

Being deaf doesn’t have to be a detriment in any way, shape or form in living a normal life, but there are a few instances when you might feel vulnerable. When out a night, you can’t hear footfalls and you might be surprised to encounter someone threatening lurking in the bushes. You might not be … Continue reading »

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Body Training for Basketball

Anyone who plays basketball as their main sport knows how to warm up and get ready for the court. They no doubt have a regular route. They also know how to use exercise to improve their skills and they work at honing them constantly. Running and jumping are the main activities, along with throwing/passing and catching. … Continue reading »

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Training on Water

You can be a diehard basketball player and spectator fan, but there are times when the draw of watersports is irresistible. Whether you are hearing or deaf, the world of kayaking, snorkeling, or even scuba is open to you. Any time of year, but especially summer, is a good time to take a break from … Continue reading »

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How to Get Involved

For the hearing-impaired and supporters of their causes, it is easy to get involved. No one has to miss out on the many ways to participate.  One way is to join in the efforts to promote hearing-challenged sports in Australia. It is a mouse click away. For example, Deaf Sports Australia has an easy-to-navigate website … Continue reading »

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Sports and Weight

Most professional basketball players are certainly tall. Everyone can see that. They are often lanky with long legs, as if they were walking on stilts, letting them soar to great heights when the right time comes to make the perfect basket. Hoops is a fast game for the agile. Their jumping has to transcend the … Continue reading »

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The 2016 Australian Deaf Games

Mark your calendars and book your early bird airfare. The Australian Deaf Games area more than a year away in January of 2016, but they are already in the news as the athletes and volunteers get ready. They come every three to four years (last in 2012 in Geelong) and are a landmark event for … Continue reading »

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Cooking with a Deaf Person

Let’s step off the court for a second here. The deaf are only hearing impaired in varying degrees. This doesn’t affect their ability to do most things around the house, including whipping up a nice meal. Life is easier when a household is set up for their needs including lights flashing when the phone rings … Continue reading »

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After the Game

Deaf basketball is getting more and more attention by each day. Basketball itself is a great sport, and it is no wonder why so many people play it. It does not matter if you have a disability of some sort, you can still play this amazing game. Sport and recreation are an essential part of … Continue reading »

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How Can You Play Basketball Without Hearing?

Anyone who watches TV knows that almost any sport is open to the deaf. Some work better than others however, and one of those is basketball. Visibility in a well-lit arena is optimum day or night and communication is easy between players and with officials. With some adaptation and amending of rules, hearing and non-hearing … Continue reading »

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Getting Your Child into Basketball and Other Sports

Parents of deaf children know that nothing is out of their range of possibility. A few adaptations in school, and they can perform as well as any hearing student. Higher education and just about any career is open to them. TV shows like Switched at Birth have done a lot to promote this fact. It … Continue reading »

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About Deaf Sports Australia

Sports for the hearing-impaired are supported strongly in Australia. The history of the country’s involvement is over a century old. Deaf Sports Australia is a case in point. The organization is dedicated to promoting the crowd-pleasing game as an option for the hearing-impaired. A lot of progress has been made thanks to the focus of … Continue reading »

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