Disabilities, Super-Abilities, and “Normal”

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A recent ABC News report asks whether Tourette’s syndrome can give athletes an advantage. AIR MAX 90 Women
Two examples given in the report are soccer player, Tim Howard, and swimmer, Anthony Ervin. Goal-keeper, Tim Howard, made history in the recent United States versus Belgium World Cup game in which he blocked a record-breaking sixteen goals. Nike Air Max 95 m?skie This is the latest in several career successes for Howard, who believes his Tourette’s gives him an advantage on the field. Maglia James Harden Olympic gold-medalist, swimmer, Anthony Ervin believes that his tics, caused by Tourette’s syndrome, help him with speed by channeling his nervousness. Studies indicate that athletes with Tourette’s do not have a noticeably faster response time or move faster than athletes without Tourette’s, but there may be other factors that contribute to an advantage on the field, or in the pool. nike air jordan 11 mujer Oregon Ducks It may be that Howard and Ervin’s mental and physical discipline needed to manage their Tourette’s works to their advantage.

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  • Another recent study, reported in Scientific American, looked at how people with dyslexia can identify visual cues better than those without dyslexia. Apparently, people with dyslexia can look at pictures of impossible figures, like the three-dimensional impossible figures in an Escher print, and pick out the problem more quickly than other people. This ability can translate to the real world. nike lebron 13 pas cher Often people with dyslexia can look at room and find what looks out-of-place. adidas nmd m?skie

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    Scientists are not entirely sure why this happens, but they speculate that it may have to do with the brain changes that occur in people who read a lot versus people who do not read as often or read slowly. Mujer Air Jordan 4 nike tn noir People who read less tend to have a more holistic perspective of a particular setting rather than focusing on one thing and tuning out the rest of their surroundings. This coincides with studies on entrepreneurs with dyslexia. Nike KD Trey 5 III Air Jordan 7 In the United States, about 35% of entrepreneurs have dyslexia. Many of these entrepreneurs say that dealing with their dyslexia has helped them to become very good at sifting information and grasping the “big picture” better than other people. Clayton Kershaw Authentic Jersey Both of these studies demonstrate perceived advantages from something that is labeled as a disability or abnormality. Buty Adidas Damskie adidas italia It may be that while abilities in one area are diminished, abilities in another area are enhanced. Adidas Zx 800 Heren David Epstein in his book, The Sports Gene, says that most of the people we celebrate as great athletes and examples of human achievement, have attributes that fall outside of the norm. One of his many examples is that of elite-level basketball players.

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  • Most people have an arm span that is the same as their height, but most professional basketball players have a longer arm span than height, which would serve as an advantage on the court. NIKE AIR ZOOM STRUCTURE 20

    Longer arm span is not necessarily considered a disability, although in some cases, it can be and indicator of Marfan syndrome. This is just one of many examples in Epstein’s book where an “abnormality” leads to an athletic advantage. One article on the OCD Foundation’s website on Tourette’s syndrome points out that metaphors are everything, and a child who is told his Tourette’s is like driving a Ferrari while everyone else is driving a Toyota will grow up thinking quite differently about himself and his abilities than a child who believes he is limited due to a disability. asics gel lyte 3 mujer azules Additionally, several of the entrepreneurs with dyslexia said that they had supportive parents and mentors who helped them see their abilities rather than their disabilities.

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