How to support players with ADHD
Here, we explain what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is and how coaches can support players who have it.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition. It affects an individual’s activity and/or attention control. People with ADHD have a difference in brain development and brain activity compared to someone without ADHD.
What are the characteristics of ADHD?
A player with ADHD may show signs of impulsiveness. They might interrupt others and have difficulty waiting for their turn. They could also act without thinking and look as though they’re ignoring the rules.
They can also display hyperactivity. They may need to move more often. This is especially true when they need to be quiet and calm. You may find that they fidget more. And they could also have difficulty playing or engaging in activities quietly or competitively.
Those with ADHD may have a short attention span and be easily distracted. They may also look like they’re ignoring you when you speak to them.
These are just a few key differences that we’ve highlighted. So, if you want to find out more, download this PDF. It has loads of key information and tips to help you support players with ADHD. But be aware that not all players with ADHD will have a formal diagnosis. So, you can use this to help coach any very active, impulsive, and distractible player.
And remember, no two people with ADHD are the same. Get to know them. Understand what motivates them. Find out how the condition affects them and what support they might need.