What if I tell you
Squash could help ADHD kids
by Ahmed Mohamed Khalil

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What is ADHD?

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.[6][7] In school-aged individuals the lack of focus may result in poor school performance.

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The 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.

Why Squash?

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.

We have 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.

Let's make it
clear that...

 ... 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 to another

  • 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 something new
    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 to

  • Struggle to follow instructions

  • Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
    Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others

An individual with hyperactivity may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fidget and squirm in their seats

  • Talk nonstop

  • 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

An individual with impulsivity may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • 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