What Sports are Deaf People the Best in?

What Sports are Deaf People the Best in?

Disabilities are usually portrayed as weaknesses, when no PR speech is given and that is the relationship that the majority of people have towards them. But, disabilities do not have to be, and frankly, are not weaknesses in general, just in that one department. For example, hearing loss can be an obstacle to people who want to be musicians, but it would not be an obstacle if they want to play sports. Actually, there have been plenty of athletes who were hearing impaired and they still managed to win against athletes with perfect hearing.

Are deaf people better in some sports, and if so, which sports are they the best in?


Swimming, in general, does not have much to do with hearing, other than listening for the signal to start a race. Swimming is all about racing to one end of the pool to the next, or just racing towards a goal if the competition is not in a pool, but rather open water. Jeffrey Float and Terence Parkin were both deaf, yet both Olympic gold medalists, not Paralympic, but Olympic. This is one of the sports where deaf people can excel.

Horse Racing

Again, being deaf is not that much of an impairment, especially in sports like racing. Horse racing is fast and jockeys need to feel their horse, not just listen to them. Depending on the length of the race and type of the race, different types of equipment are used. For harness racing, people use a small chariot in which they sit and basically steer the horse from behind. They are seated just behind the horses’ hind legs. Ricky Macomber Jr. is a professional harness racer, who won multiple tournaments and titles, often having a yearly salary of 1 million dollars, which he repeated multiple times during the peak of his career.

American Football

American football is a contact sport which has people charging at one another, or rather, trying to score points while charging at one another. It is far from a gentle sport. Derrick Coleman is currently playing in the NFL and is the first legally deaf offensive player to do so. He played for the Vikings and then the Seahawks, then the Falcons and is currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals. His hearing impairment apparently has no effect on his gameplay.

These are some of the sports where deaf people excelled during the years. It is worth noting that they could very well excel at any sport, given the right support and encouragement from the staff and team. They could very well be amazing deaf players who are overlooked just for being deaf. In the end, any sport is on the table, so long as people remain open minded.