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Sports and ADHD 17 Mar 2014 14:42 #319

Sports and ADHD
Posted March 1, 2014 by Shayli Lones

Playing sports is an integral part of some children’s lives and development. The valuable lessons we learn from sports like physical fitness, team interaction discipline and strategic planning follow us into adulthood. An article by neurologist Dr. Anthony Alessi explains that choosing an appropriate sport for a child with ADHD may help avoid frustration and anxiety.

There are handfuls of athletes who have ADHD and have excelled in the sports community. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was diagnosed with ADHD at age nine. He’s said that swimming helped him find focus and told Sports Illustrated “I’m just different in the water. I just feel at home in it.”

Your child doesn’t have to be a gold medalist to gain benefits from sports. There are other benefits that include:

- Motivation. Being part of a team will encourage children to work harder, especially in school if certain grades are required to join sports teams.


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