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ADHD and Sports

Help Concentrating in Practice

How do you keep your ADD kids focused at practices and games/meets? 

After trial and error, we found that my ADD son loves wrestling and is good at it. It suits him that matches are one on one and are only 3 mins long at high intensity. He enjoys it very much and can concentrate here more than in any other sport, but still, practices are 2 hrs long a couple nights a wk. Ugh! After a full day of concentrating at school, it’s hard for him.

His Coaches get frustrated at him for having trouble staying focused for that long. Plus, if he can’t concentrate, he isn’t learning the moves and progressing as well as others and let’s face it, sports are competitive!

Ideas would be great because sports are important to help keep him active, and confident, and to instill hard work, and are a fantastic way for him to make friends with his teammates!

THANKS in advance.


You can try a high protein snack just before practice and it may help. You can also ask his doctor for a short-acting medication for sports practices in the evenings.

Two hours is a long time for practice for most kids really.

Here’s some tips on talking to the coach:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 12, 2016 at 1:21pm

I have exactly the same problem! Only my son id doing Judo. He only has one practice a week of 45 mins and I can see the sensei is struggling to keep his attention. He is now in Grade one, and practices has moved to the afternoon when the meds has already run its course. He is still on the 4 hour ryttalin. I have now requested permission for him to take extra meds in this one afternoon a week before practice.

When he was still in pre-school, the practices was in the morning under control of the meds. But he ia also falling behind on the skills because of the inattention.

We will now see how it goes with the extra meds….

Posted by TanyaLilly on Mar 02, 2016 at 8:07am

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