The term “hidden” disabilities is used to describe disabilities or disorders that are not obvious to the average observer. Youth with hidden disabilities are likely to participate in recreational sports activities; however, coaches receive little, if any, preparation for including this population. This website is designed to be an interactive resource for coaches, parents, and researchers interested in better meeting the needs of athletes with hidden disabilities. The content will primarily focus on: 1) The inclusion of athletes with hidden disabilities into sport and recreational activities 2) How to best train professionals to meet the needs of this population. We hope that you will find this website to be an evolving and up-to-date resource for your coaching, parenting and/or research needs.

Sport Participation and Anxiety in Children with ADHD

Objective: Few studies have examined the psychological benefits of physical activity in children with ADHD who may be at higher risk for mood and anxiety problems. This study explores the relationship between participation in physical activity and emotional functioning in children with ADHD. Method: Scores on parent-reported measures of mood and behavior were retrospectively compared among a group of 65 children (ages 6 to 14) diagnosed with ADHD based on their amount of sport participation. A total of 32 children diagnosed with a learning disorder (LD) were used as a comparison group.

Exercise & ADHD

The article discusses Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a developmental disorder that presents with symptoms including inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Poor regulation of some neurotransmitters, particularly dopamine and norepinephrine, are suggested by researchers as closely related to the symptoms of ADHD. Psychosocial training, cognitive training and exercise have been considered viable regiments in managing ADHD aside from medication.

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Impact of ADHD on Sports Psychology from a Sports Psychiatrist

VIDEO: Interview with a Sports Psychologist about a Tampa Bay Ray dealing with ADHD and professional baseball.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmt8Yb0czIY

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