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12/01/2011

How Blind Athletes Get Their Game On


 
How Blind Athletes Get Their Game On
 
Camera tripods are used to line up shots and archers shoot from 30 meters. Target size varies to mimic different distances.
Photo: Brian Finke via wired.com

  • Archery
    Blind archers use camera tripods equipped with homemade tactile sighting devices. To direct their shot at the target, they place their bow hand against a pin or metal bar that has been positioned by a sighted spotter.
  • Basketball
    A tiny sound emitter inside the ball produces a constant high-pitched tone to indicate its location. A second device on the backboard emits a lower-pitched, intermittent beep that tells players where to aim their jump shot.
  • Shooting
    Using rifles with laser sights and photoelectric cells, competitive shooters aim at a black, white, and gray target. The sensor triggers different tones as the laser beam passes over each shade, indicating when to pull the trigger.
  • Tennis
    Players swing a shortened racket at a Nerf-like ball with a rattle inside. They navigate via thick string taped to the floor of the badminton-sized court. The number of bounces allowed (up to three) depends on the degree of blindness.
  • Chess
    (Who says chess isn’t a sport?) Black and white squares are set at different heights, and black game pieces are marked with pins. Players learn to feel the difference between, say, a bishop and a rook.
  • Bowling
    Bowlers use side railings to get lined up, but beyond that everything else is the same. Twelve legally blind US bowlers have scored perfect games; the record for a completely blind person is 263.

Article courtesy: Wired.com

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