According to Wikipedia, Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, similar to
hyperkinetic disorder in the ICD-10) is a psychiatric disorder of
the neurodevelopmental type in which there are significant problems
of attention, hyperactivity, or acting impulsively that are not
appropriate for a person's age.
These symptoms must begin by age six to twelve and be present for
more than six months for a diagnosis to be made. In school-aged
individuals the lack of focus may result in poor school performance.
steps are simple: to help the kid, we need to make him focusing on the
ball while finding the exact length of a training session.
I have been working lately with a ADHD
player and it was the first time I was dealing with such a case, and
my first encounter with that condition.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the
scientific name for such cases that affects about 6-7 % of children.
Medications are only recommended as a first-line treatment in
children who have severe symptoms.
Such cases have a problem in
concentration, dealing with people and always being hyperactive
which makes controlling them at home or school a hard mission.
Through squash sessions the boyís parents discovered that his
concentration at school and his studies has improved.
After asking a
specialist, he recommended to continue playing squash as the kid
keeps his eye on the ball which increases his mental focus.
been working with a training schedule under the supervision of his
doctor, who fixed the time that the kid should play in every stage.
We are starting with 20 continuous minutes and we should reach 30
minutes by the end of April.
Training sessions seem to work as well as medicine and
we hope that one day he wonít have to take any of it to feel normal.
... actually I am just a squash coach not a doctor, but I felt proud that
squash could make such progress in a kids life.
Thatís why I liked
to share it with everyone.
Squash isnít just a sport, itís a
lifestyle. Not everyone will be champion, but our duty as coaches is to get the best out of each and every player.
Based on the presenting symptom
ADHD can be divided into three subtypesópredominantly
inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive,
or combined if criteria for both types are met.
An individual with inattentive concentration may have some
or all of the following symptoms:
Be easily distracted, miss
details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity
Have difficulty maintaining
focus on one task
Become bored with a task after
only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
Have difficulty focusing
attention on organizing and completing a task or learning
Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments,
often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to
complete tasks or activities
Not seem to listen when spoken
Struggle to follow instructions
Daydream, become easily
confused, and move slowly
Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately
with hyperactivity may have some or all of the following
Fidget and squirm in their
Dash around, touching or
playing with anything and everything in sight
Have trouble sitting still
during dinner, school, doing homework, and story time
Be constantly in motion
Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities
with impulsivity may have some or all of the following
Be very impatient
Blurt out inappropriate
comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without
regard for consequences
Have difficulty waiting for
things they want or waiting their turns in games
Often interrupts conversations
or others' activities