Picking The Best Sport For Kids with ADD

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: It's not always easy for ADD/ADHD children to get involved in sports. But getting children involved and engaged safely in sports is vital for a lifetime of healthy activity.
Air Date: 1/8/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Douglas McKeag, MD
mckeag douglas small resizedDr. McKeag was appointed Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in October of 1999. He is OneAmerica Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Director, IU Center for Sports Medicine. Dr. McKeag is a past president and founder of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and is active with the American College of Sports Medicine. He helped develop the criteria for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine.

He has served as a professional consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Committee, Kuwait University, Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, Clemson University, New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts.
Picking The Best Sport For Kids with ADD
Sports, both individual and group, require a great deal of concentration.

Participation in sports for a child with ADD must be well thought out and planned.

It's a good idea to get children involved in a sport when they are younger, because the rules are simplified and the competition is less severe. 

Children with attentional disorders need special consideration as to the type of sport and the level of competition.

Our Sports Medicine Physician gives expert advice on involving kids with ADD/ADHD in sports. A pedometer senses your body motion and counts your footsteps. This count is converted into distance by knowing the length of your usual stride. Wearing a pedometer and recording your daily steps and distance is a great motivating tool