Those With ADHD More Likely to Play Team Sports

Athletes with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to play basketball or football rather than golf or tennis.

According to a new study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, athletes living with ADHD are more likely to participant in team contact sports rather than individual sports and ultimately increase their risk of injury by doing so.

“We expected athletes with ADHD to gravitate toward individual sports, like golf or tennis, where they have more control, there is a little bit more repetitiveness and they don’t have to worry about the responsibilities or roles of teammates or opponents,” Dr. James Borchers, director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said in a statement.

“But what we found was our athletes with ADHD were twice as likely to compete in team sports, and their rate of participation in contact sports, like football, hockey and lacrosse, was 142 percent higher,” he added.

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