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  • Writer's pictureJill Kolstad, M.Ed.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Glow: 3 Inspiring Athletes With ADHD

With sports stars like Terry Bradshaw and Pete Rose leading the way, these rising athletes have stepped forward to share their personal journeys with ADHD. Learn how an #NBA player and an Olympic women’s hockey medalist have transformed symptoms into assets.

Michael Phelps is not alone.

A surprising number of professional athletes have attention deficit disorder (ADHD). In fact, an estimated eight to ten percent of all pro athletes have the condition, as compared to four to five percent of the general population of adults.

Many experts say a connection between #ADHD and athletics makes sense. “Having #ADD can actually be an advantage in certain sports for ADHD children,” says Mike Stabeno, author of The ADHD Affected Athlete. “While some activities require intense concentration, that’s not always the case with athletics. Everything happens instantaneously. You’re in there for 10 minutes, you’ve got five people trying to take your head off, three referees, four teammates. You need to take in everything that’s going on all at once. That’s how people with ADD go through life. So it makes sense that they thrive in this field.”...FULL ARTICLE

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