Just as Michael Phelps did, individuals with ADHD can enjoy
and even excel at sports. Physical
activity is an essential part of managing ADHD symptoms as it provides an
opportunity to redirect and burn off energy as well as an outlet for stress and
improving mood. Exercise also gives a
child an opportunity to learn a new skill as well as practicing listening,
paying attention and problem solving.
Exercise can help to improve self esteem as a child progresses in
mastering a new skill.
However, there are some sports which are more suited to
individuals with ADHD. Usually, sports
that are at a fast pace, have little waiting-around time and have few
distractions are ideal. Here are some
sports that we recommend:
Martial arts. The emphasis in martial arts is on physical
and mental control taught through visual demonstrations in addition to verbal
instructions. It has a structured form
which teaches children to concentrate on what they are doing. Martial arts have a visual reinforcement
system through the various coloured belts awarded.
Swimming. Being emerged in a swimming pool allows an individual to
block out the outside distractions and focus solely on the task at hand. It is an individual sport that can also take
place within a team.
Horse riding. Being in the presence of an animal can be
very calmer for some individuals. During
a riding lesson you learn to listen carefully to the instructor and complete
small targets such as getting the horse to walk, trot, canter and to cross
small jumps. This is a good sport for
someone that prefers an individual sport rather than a team activity.
It most situations it is best to inform the coach/instructor
that your child has ADHD and to explain how this impacts on your child. This will help the coach/instructor to
correctly manage their behaviour.
Private ADHD treatment news: 25 August 2012