Murderball: Disability and Attitudes Paraplegic People

Topics: Disability, Standing frame, Rugby union Pages: 2 (706 words) Published: May 5, 2010



I strongly believe the size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire. In the 2005 documentary film (Murderball) directors Henry Rubin and Dana Shapiro documented people’s life experience with Paraplegia. Paraplegia is an impairment that diminishes the sensory and motor function of the lower half of your body. Henry and Dana were able to capture some of the attitudes Paraplegic people have for themselves and what others perceive for them which most of the time was incorrect. Paraplegic people seem to never let their impairment encompass them and control there life which I find very empowering. Instead, they use strength to achieve what they desire and for many of them in the film that was to become wheelchair rugby gold medalists in the Paralympics. During the time period that we watched the film one Paraplegic person stood out from all the rest, Mark Zupan. Zupan became Paraplegic when he fell asleep in his best friend’s truck after a party, when his best friend Igoe was driving home later that night he got into a car accident unaware that Zupan was in the car. Zupan was thrown out of the truck bed and into a canal were he held on a branch for 14 hrs. Zupan was ask during the film by a reporter if he could turn the clock back to that day of the accident would he have changed the outcome, he replied with “ No, My injury has led me to opportunities and experiences and friendships I would never have had before” . One opportunity that presented itself was wheelchair rugby were he was a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team in 2004. But it wasn’t just rugby and his extreme accident that made him stand out, it was his attitude of himself and his fellow Paraplegics. Zupan and many members of his USA Rugby team view themselves as normal people. For instance, in one part of the movie they played a prank on an Olympian worker. By phoning down to the hotel lobby that they needed help...
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