BODILY DISRUPTION- AN EXPLORATION INTO THE LIVES AND
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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It has been suggested by Stewart (1991) that "deaf sport is a social institution which deaf people exercise their right to self-determination through organisation, competition, and socialisation" (p.2). An exploration into the lives and experiences of three members of a deaf football club in Cardiff was administered. The lack of research found in this field has been an underlining factor towards the reasoning for this study. An in-depth group interview was conducted to try and gain this information. In order to gather this data the 'Thematic narrative analysis' was used. Specific findings highlighted the effects that equality had on the deaf footballers when playing mainstream football. It implied that some hearing teams are not ready for deaf players to compete in mainstream leagues, however, they seem to not let it affect their reasons for playing. Furthermore, motivations for partaking became apparent, with a theme being them playing the sport for the love of the game, regardless of the result. Opportunities have been made available deaf footballers but more needs to be done so inclusion is maintained throughout all sports, generating a wider community of deaf athletes.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT COACHING