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How Can Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Affect Sport Performance?

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DOI: 10.23977/curtm.2020.030206 | Downloads: 236 | Views: 3812


Scott Cummings 1, Jeromie Ayisire 1, Sherrie Pusch 1, Colin G. Pennington 1


1 Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX

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Colin G. Pennington


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 1 to 10% of children, and is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. Research has indicated that individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder actually may give elite athletes a slight edge because of symptoms such as preservation or hyperfocus. Exercise is a plausible treatment for behavioral symptoms and cognitive performance of persons with ADHD. Athletes with ADHD exhibit increased risk-taking behavior, and this is hypothesized to lead to an increased risk of sports injury. As with social skills training, participation in sports improves social deficits and also elevates mood and motivation level. Children and adults who have recently been diagnosed with this condition need to learn social cues and how to trust peers, adhere to rules, and effectively participate in structured activities.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sport education, special education, adapted physical education


Scott Cummings, Jeromie Ayisire, Sherrie Pusch, Colin G. Pennington, How Can Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Affect Sport Performance?. Curriculum and Teaching Methodology (2020) 3: 93-95. DOI:


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