I’m looking forward to sharing some pieces of advice with you all, and I thought I’d start with sport – something that I live and breathe everyday. I grew up playing sport because it enabled me to unleash my competitive side, as well as give me some confidence and make some friends along the way. Being deaf was somewhat of a barrier for me, as I didn’t have the confidence to socially interact comfortably with my peers, therefore I saw sport as a vessel to engage with my peers. Sport was something that I could perform well in and gain the respect of others. It gave others a reason to approach and engage in conversation with me.
But I am aiming for higher – to perform well in my passion in the sport of triathlon – and, to gain the respect of the wider population by focusing on my goals to achieve selection for the Rio Olympics in 2016. So that’s my story.
Now, I’d like to share a few tips how you can engage in sport using your CI with minimal issues.
In sports that involve excessive sweating like running, cycling and basketball – you may freak out like the sweating guy in the image here, getting all worried that your CI might get damaged!!! But don’t fret – you can still exercise and play with your CI without damaging it by wearing a sweat band made out of Lycra or Nylon/ Polyester/ Terry cloth material, as they are pretty sweat absorbent. You might look like someone out of the 1980’s, but I’m sure you can jazz it up and show off your unique fashion style 😉 I use the sweat band also as protection from contact to the head or ear in more contact sports. It’s also handy as a stabiliser to prevent it from falling off especially when jumping, sprinting, etc.
For the newer generation of Cochlear™ Nucleus® 5 and 6 implantees, you may have heard of the Aqua Accessory -I personally haven’t used this yet due to not having the Nucleus® 6 processor (I’m part of the older generation of Nucleus® 22 which will hopefully receive our newly updated processors soon 🙂 ) I have heard it is fantastic for swimming and other water sports like Waterpolo – it would be exciting to be able to hear what goes on in the h20 world! You would be able to get better instructions from swimming coaches rather than relying on lip reading! You would also be able to get a better start in a race with a faster reaction speed and hearing the crowds cheer you on ALL the way 🙂 In the other sports like water polo, it would make it easier to communicate amongst other team members and therefore lead to a better outcome of the game.
Learn to be a great interpreter of body language – you can still perform and play to your best potential if you can learn to interpret your competition’s body language. It pays to know this as you can plan your next move in the game/ race and have an advantage for a better outcome. For example such as cross-country running – if you see someone in front of you starting to tense their shoulders, or their leg rhythm/ pacing is starting to slow down, then you know they are tiring, and it is the opportune time to overtake them, they may suffer psychologically and slow down even more – the bonus is that you have improved on a placing during the race!
I hope that this was some good advice you can take away and test out in your chosen sport!
Please note the above pictures and clips are used for your entertainment purposes 😉
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