Disabled Sports Essay

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When one looks at the word “disability”, it immediately conjures up an idea of what someone cannot do, or something physically wrong with an individual, that prevents them from doing something as the majority of society can do. When society looks at a person with a disability, society relates or compares them to what is considered “normal”. It is that comparison to the majority, or normality which causes society to view a disability as a negative. Disabilities can limit someone or on the other hand, they can give an advantage. In this paper, I will discuss whether Talcott Parson’s sick role applies to disabled individuals. As well, I will look at Michel Foucault and how his theories such as the clinical gaze and classification play into …show more content…
Many disabled athletes and individuals outside of the sporting world, point to the issue with the word “disablility”. The word itself conjures up negative ideas and stereotypes. The able-bodied athlete is thought of as a pillar of strength, of someone who is admired, who has the ideal body. We live in a society where our sports stars are treated as heroes. If we look at hockey arenas, players are cheered and given standing ovations simply for entering the ice. A disabled athlete is looked upon as weak, small, or infirm. They are not held up high as heroes to their society, in fact if one was to compare the coverage of a Paralympic event with that of an able-bodied event, one would see a great injustice to the disabled athlete. In fact, there is a good chance one wouldn’t be able to find coverage of most disabled sports. The Paralympics are seen as secondary to the Olympics, in fact many fans of the Olympics are not even aware that the Paralympics usually follow the Olympics shortly after the closing ceremonies.
The 2005 documentary “Murderball” set out to defy stereotypes of the infirm invalid, which many envisioned disabled athletes to be. Murderball is a film documenting the 2004 American and Canadian men’s quad or wheelchair rugby teams. Wheelchair rugby was invented in Canada in the 1970s and was originally called Murderball (International Wheelchair Rugby Federation
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