ADHD and sports

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ADHD and sports
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 4:09pm
Hi, My son is 8 years old. He takes 20 mg of Ritalin a day and might be needing an increase soon. He has been doing very well in school, a huge difference from throwing papers, tipping over desk, and running out of his class room. Now he is the top student, listens to directions, follows the rules, etc...

Our problem is, he won't behave during soccor practice. His medication is usally worn off by then and he act's like a 4 year old, or a spun monkey to be honest. He talks excessively, so much the coach can't get a word in edge wise. He is constantly touching the other kids, he can't stand still and doesn't pay attention to directions at all. A huge difference from the child he is at school. Would it be wise to request an afternoon increase of his medication so he can focus during practice and gain something from soccor or is he just that kid that won't ever do well at sports? I hate to say it but it is pretty embarassing when your kid is the odd ball, and you know how some soccor parents can get. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Registered: 04-08-2003
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 4:35pm
requesting a second dose is common and there is NO reason a doctor should turn down the request. Hurry.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 9:02pm
I'd either try for an afternoon dose, or try a different med ... Concerta has a longer effect than Ritalin (which my DS took for 18 months, and played sports without problems) or even Strattera which is supposed to last longer than Concerta. If the Ritalin is working, you may not want to change completely, just go for a boost in the afternoon. Remember that the 'coaches' are generally just parent volunteers, so they're knowledge of kids with issues usually is limited (if any) ... so if you want your DS to have a chance at success in soccer, or any sport, he needs to have the same chance there as he does in school.

Nancy

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 8:06pm
Most definitely! My DS is 7½ and he was one of those kids that was spinning in circles on the field or watching the next game. One Saturday last fall, we decided to give him his meds before the game...what a difference it made! Even other parents commented on the difference. He's gone on to be a half-way decent soccer player.

Hoping that we have similar results with baseball this year. Tee-ball was a nightmare. His mind was always a zillion miles away and his coach was one of those that thought every game was the finals of the World Series. DS was 'digging for treasure' instead of playing catcher behind home plate.

Definitely see if you can get a small dose for afterschool. When DS was on Ritalin, he took 10 mg in the morning, 5 mg after lunch, and another 5 mg - if needed - in the afternoon for homework or after school stuff.

Karen

 


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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 4:37pm
Oh yeah - I remember those soccer moms - thank goodness my ds got fed up about a 1 1/2 seasons.

I remember years ago when my ds was on the same ritalin 20mg. All his sports had afternoon practices. I also had a 5mg ritalin on me to give to him at practice or he would be talking and fooling around the whole time.

I did this with every med we used until AdderallXL.

I REALLY tried to get it in to him BEFORE it weared off - otherwise is just like giving nothing at all.

Yes, yes - kids do play sports - and to heck with those uppity moms!!

Denise

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 4:27pm
Same exact thing has happened here. My son also takes 20 mil Adderall XR. But it seems to not work in the afternoon. We just got asn RX for 5 mil to be taken at 3:15, when he gets home. My son has sleep problems and I am hoping this wont interfere with his sleep.