Best Sports for Kids with ADHD
As a parent of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you’re wondering, what are the best sports for children with ADHD, are there any specific activites or social groups where my child can play sports and excel and create lasting friendships and relationships with peers? How can I keep my children active and reduce ADHD symptoms? How can my child with ADHD learn to pay attention in a fun, active environment?
Research has proven one of the best ways to mange ADHD for children and adults is SPORTS and physical activity.
What are the best sports for ADHD kids?
Staying active is important. Many parents want their children in team sports, however, a child who is impulsive, distracted or lacks ability to focus, may not do well in a team sport.
While baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all great team sports, they involve a considerable amount of standing around and waiting for your turn. These sports also create competition among team members and against the opposing team. This added stress sometimes causes additional anxiety for children with ADHD and may not be ideal for children.
List of Best Sports for Kids with ADHD
Hiking and Biking
Hiking and Biking are great options for children and adults with ADHD. These activities require constant movement and action which are great for high energy children. Hiking and biking are also outdoor activities which most children and adults prefer after a long day at school or work.
Martial Arts is one of the best, go-to sports for high energy children. Classes are structured, high energy environments. Look for a discipline (Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kykido) that incorporates tenets, such as integrity, perseverance, courtesy, humility, and self-control that are memorized and practiced by the students at each session. Martial Arts teach kids essential life skills and character traits.
Cross Country and Track
Cross Country and Track are also great sports for active kids. Running uses large muscle groups, and maintains constant focus. It allows kids to be in a team sport, but compete individually. It’s also therapeutic due to the repetitive nature of the sport.
Tennis is another great sport due to its constant action, necessary focus. The athlete can compete on an individual level, but also be part of a team setting.
Swimming is a well known sport for ADHD because of Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian athlete (athlete with ADHD!) in history. Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and he confirms that swimming helped him because of the discipline and constant action involved with swimming.
Other great individual sports for ADHD are surfing, and skateboarding. wakeboarding, snowboarding, snow skiing
When children compete in organized sports, they gain many benefits such as exercise, cardiovascular benefits, and muscle development, but the most important benefit is a positive self-worth. Sports and exercise gives children another platform to succeed and it can make all the difference to a child that struggles academically.
Active.com and Activekids.com are great resources for finding training tips, sporting events, races, and classes in your area.