As parents, we all want our children to experience sports (if they want to), but for some children it’s a lot harder to do. For kids with focus issues, impulse challenges or ADHD, taking part in a structured activity with other kids can be a disaster for them. Kids with ADHD have a hard time with distractions and in sports there are tons of distractions.
Other factors that hamper success in sports for kids with ADHD include:
-Difficulty following directions
-Difficulty waiting their turn and standing in line
-Low frustration tolerance
All of these factors are really important in team sports. So it may be best to try your hand in individual sports. Kids with ADHD tend to do much better in sports that don’t impact other kids.
Studies show the best sport for kids with ADHD or focus issues is in the martial arts. Karate and Taekwondo are not only good for discipline but it works to help your kids internal self control. Martial Arts is all about focus and specific movements. It also allows your child to express themselves with a chant or yell with each specific move. That helps kids who can’t sit still to express themselves with a yell. Focus is the main ingredient in the martial arts and it teaches you to focus which is critical for kids with ADHD. It also has an element of meditation to slow the mind down plus physical contact that tends be be an impulsive behavior. Another important part of Martial arts is the ability to protect and defend yourself. That is a skill we all need to know.
As you can tell I know a lot about Taekwondo. My daughter has focus and impulse issues. She has been practicing Taekwondo for several months now and is thriving! I highly recommend it.
Other examples of sports that are based on individual goals and performance.
Those sports include:
-Track & Field
Sports not best for kids with ADHD include:
It’s really important to talk to your child about which sport is right for them. You won’t be doing him/her any favors by putting them in a sport where they won’t succeed. And if sports isn’t right for them, that’s ok. There are other great activities for kids with ADHD including art, cooking, and scouting.