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ERIC Number: ED493867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct-27
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Effectiveness of American Sign Language in Coaching Athletes Who Are Deaf
Rochon, Wendy; Feinstein, Sheryl; Soukup, Monica
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A study was conducted to determine post-secondary coaches' perceptions of American Sign Language (ASL) and the level of involvement with ASL when coaching post-secondary athletes who are deaf and hard of hearing. Seventy-three hearing coaches of post-secondary athletes who were deaf and hard of hearing and twenty-two post-secondary athletes who were deaf with hearing coaches were asked to complete a survey. Based on the results from the surveys, it was determined that interpreters using American Sign Language was the most used and effective source of communication between hearing coaches and athletes who are deaf. However, the athletes who were deaf and who had coaches that took the time to try and communicate directly with them developed a positive relationship with their coach. Both coaches and athletes believed direct communication lessened the barrier and communication gap between athletes and coaches. Ultimately, the positive relationship between them enhanced and improved the athlete's attitude and performance. The recommendation emerging from this study would be for coaches to learn American Sign Language when coaching athletes who are deaf. (Contains 11 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A