Disability in sports





Disability in sports

Murderball tells the story of an unbreakable group of world-class athletes, unlike any other athletes ever seen on television, from Middle American gyms to the Olympic arena in Greece. It will demolish any previously held beliefs you might have about “gimps” and “crypts.” It’s a story about family, vengeance, honor, and love that triumphs over adversity. Above all, it’s a tale of ash rising long after the heart and spine has been severed.

Murderball debunks some of the more common quadriplegic theories. For example, a “quad” must be defined as anyone who has a partial disability in all four limbs – a quad does not have to be invalid. As the film demonstrates, quads can live independent lives with the aid of therapy and wheelchairs (Lindemann). As the opening scene shows, they can drive, cook, sex, and put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. Quads who were athletes, explorers, and risk-takers – or those who wished to be – were anxious not to be exposed to intense physical exercise and thrill before learning about Quad rugby. Quad Rugby gave these young men hope and a new purpose in their lives by allowing them to play the game.

Many of the Murderball scenes that demonstrate these distinctions are profoundly personal and emotional. Filmmakers had to develop and maintain a sense of confidence and familiarity with their subjects to capture them on film. Fortunately, Zupan, Soares, and the rest of the cast were completely transparent and unafraid in front of the camera. Their honesty, according to Shapiro, derives from the years of care they have received. “In rehabilitation, they were stripped down to their underwear and poked and prodded.” They don’t say, “Oh, I have a pimple today; come back later.” Even if one person is affected in the same way as another, disabilities will affect different people differently. Disabilities are described as physical and mental conditions that interfere with or hinder a person’s ability to conduct daily activities.

Wheelchair or quad rugby is the world’s fastest-growing sport, according to USQRA. The marks will have people with disabilities from both the upper and lower bodies. In addition to the physical benefits and instilling trust in people with disabilities in and out of the gym, the players and supporters agree that exercise is a way of breaking stereotypes. The most important scenes in the film are the quietest. Andy Cohn, a young gamer, reveals his first sexual encounter as a disabled man, causing both tension and relief. Bob Lujano, who lost his arms and legs as a child due to a rare form of meningitis, talks about his fantasies of swinging in the air with fully functional arms and legs. The story of Lujano is accompanied by music and animation, resulting in a moving depiction of loss and hope. These scenes demonstrate the film’s message: bravery, commitment, and resilience empower you to conquer life’s challenges.

Quad rugby competitors have talents and temperaments comparable to professional rugby players in Murderball. This placement, however, does not negate the fact that these actions benefit the body as a weapon that is impervious to break down before it occurs. This viewpoint may have disastrous consequences for men with spinal cord injuries because disabled men can cultivate a “heroic masculinity” during the recovery period, which necessitates even more danger and denial of the body’s vulnerability. On the other hand, Murderball excels not because it depicts triumph over adversity but because it raises important issues for students with disabilities.

Sports were afflicted not only by physical limitations but also by corruption. For example, in recent cases, excessive match-fixing has occurred, especially in football, discouraging talented players worldwide (Duvinage). Football has reached epidemic proportions, with the highest levels being World Cup qualifiers and Champions League matches (Lindemann). Europol, its partner organizations, and UEFA have achieved many impressive things, but there are still immense challenges ahead.

Work cited

Lindemann, Kurt. “Murderball.” Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 2, 2006.

Duvinage, Cedric. “Incentives for Sports Corruption.” Referees in Sports Contests, 2012, pp. 73-96.