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Meds for sports?

Do you have your boys medicated for sports practice and games? Last year baseball practice was terrible without it. He was all over the place, yelling outbursts at inappropriate times , etc. Yet I hate medicating him when he’s supposed to be free and active. Thoughts?

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Personally I wouldn’t esp since he’s been on them all day long. I would do a booster if he needed it for homework or something like that but not for an optimal thing. Maybe look into other sports where there’s less wait time.

Posted by adhdmom2000 on Apr 10, 2014 at 4:29am

My son takes Tai Kwon Do in the evenings and I give him a booster before he goes after he’s eaten.  Without it, we might as well stay home.  He can’t stand still, he’s keeps bugging the person next to him, doesn’t take instruction, etc..  With it, he’s able to follow through and is advancing which is helping his self esteem.  Rule of thumb we use is we try an activity without it and if he does well, great, if not, we’ll give him a booster.  I hate to watch him alienate his team mates with behaviors that are out of his control.

Posted by luvmydan on Apr 10, 2014 at 5:49am

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I try not to medicate for practices because they are usually less structured and if they are right after school, his meds are usually still working for a while.  Sometimes he takes an OTC supplement, Kids Calm.  It gives him just enough to take the edge off him.
However, I do give him his meds for games. We tried going without and I was so embarrassed and his teammates were very angry with him.  He & I weighed the pros & cons and we both decided that taking his meds during game times is better for him in the long run.  He really wants his teammates and coaches to like him and he knew his behavior was not winning any friends on the field.
Posted by Machelle B on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:14am

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 10, 2014 at 6:22pm

I read in an article about ADHD kids not being very good at sports such as baseball, basketball and football. There is too much downtime and alot of different rules to remember and focus on. It recommended sports such as Martial Arts and Equestrian activities. They tend to excel in these sports.

Posted by PasoPal on May 16, 2014 at 6:31pm

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