90% of children born in the U.S. have a detectible level of hearing loss
4 in 1000 PEOPLE
Every 4 in 1000 people are born Deaf in the United States
95% of children who recieved the cochlear implant at ages 0-3 years old achieved hearing and language improvement
Self Help Phrase
A. U. D . I. B . L . E.
1.Athlete Positioning, make sure the athlete is in a position where they feel comfortable. Address athletes in a circle so that everyone can see the person speaking. The athlete may want to stand in the back of a line drill so they can watch the other athletes first.
2. Use demonstrations/ visual aids for techniques and corrections such as white boards, pen and paper or pictures. Make sure everyone is able to see the demonstration.
3. Don't lower your expectations when training Deaf/ Hearing-Impaired athletes. The entire team should be expected to rise to any expectation.
4. If only a few athletes are Deaf/ Hearing-Impaired, discuss with them what they are most comfortable with during training sessions. The athlete(S) may prefer being farther back in the lineup or talking to the coach alone before the whole team is addressed so that the coach can make sure that they understand the instructions.
5. Be an example. Have the athlete teach you a few sports gestures and afterward you can teach the team. Make sure everyone practices the gestures being taught.
6. Listen to what the athletes prefer. Whether that means watching their gestures, talking to the coach alone or reviewing a specific technique one on one with the coach or teamate.
7.Ensure the lighting is convenient. If the sun is shining on a coaches face or in the athletes eyes, they will not see your facial expressions or gestures.
Famous Deaf Athletes
Carlo Orlandi became a gold metalist in the 1928 Olympic Games. He was the first Deaf athlete to participate.
Jeff Float contracted meningitis at 13 months old and lost his hearing. He won 10 gold metals in 1977 and in 1984 became an Olympic Champ
David Smith was born with severe hearing loss and helped his team win the 2015 FIVB World Cup.
Jeff Float is the first person to win both the Deaf World Games and the Olympic World Games. He was the first to win a gold metal.
Tamika Catchings is one of the two only basketball players to earn four Olympic gold metals.