Day 29: 31 Ways to Make ADHD Medication Less Scary Before Halloween

I’m Afraid that ADHD Medication Will Hurt My Child’s Sports Performance

I forgot one thing that some parents fear about stimulant medication, and that is that they can sometimes seem to affect sports performance in an adverse way. In general, the medication helps sports performance, and that’s why the NCAA and other organizations require that there be an objective diagnosis of ADHD to prevent athletes from getting into trouble with performance enhancement charges when they’re taking stimulant medication.

But sometimes patients tell me that they’re perhaps a little slower to the ball, or just not as, don’t feel as athletic when they’re on the medication. Again this is unusual, but it does occur, and I think it generally suggests what we’ve been saying all along this month, and that is if that’s the case, it’s likely to be the wrong dose of the wrong medication.

In general, stimulation medication should help your child pay better attention during sports, and that’s generally a good thing. So if you’re having problems with sports performance on the medication, contact your provider on some advice of what to do.

This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.

James Wiley is the founder of Focus-MD. Focus-MD is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and related problem patients. They provide objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies to help or patients transform from frustration to focus. To find a Focus-MD clinic, click here. 

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