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Clin Sports Med. 2005 Oct;24(4):829-43, viii.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and psychopharmacologic treatments in the athlete.

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Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Beaverton, OR 97006, USA.


It is conjectured that attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms adversely impacting academics, family functioning, social relationships, and vocational performance might also negatively affect athletic and sport performance and enjoyment; this warrants further scientific inquiry. Children, adolescents, and adults participate in organized and impromptu sport activities, both team and individual. With the concern about an epidemic of obesity in the United States, barriers to participation in sport and exercise such as ADHD need to be better understood. This article approaches ADHD in sports by providing a brief introduction to ADHD, first reviewing general clinical findings, then discussing recreational youth sports and psychopharmacological treatment risks and benefits for the elite athlete.

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