Rock climbing continues to gain popularity as more people are getting involved in this great, challenging sport. It's not only exercise for your body, but it's also exercise for your mind as it requires focus and tact to figure out what your next move will be.
So how can rock climbing be a benefit for someone with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as opposed to a team sport?
Here's a brief overview of how ADHD is defined:
ADHD is now widely recognized as a legitimate mental health problem. The definition of ADHD has been misconstrued by many in the past and continues to be today. Debate continues over the definition, but it is thought to be a neurological impairment most likely originating from the frontal lobes of the brain which affect a person's ability to control impulses.
Individuals with the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD have an intense, frantic quality when it comes to activity, whereas the predominantly inattentive type are those that don't have much interest in things and are easily distracted.
Rock climbing is a positive way for those suffering from ADHD to channel that excessive energy out. Rock climbing is an individual sport in which participants don't have to compete with others. Team sports can be frustrating as there is so much going on all at one time. With rock climbing, they can focus on the route and their climbing.
Rock climbing requires complete attention and concentration on figuring out where your next hand and foot placement will be. It also fosters an adrenaline rush as you climb higher and higher, trying to reach the goal of conquering that peak.
Many ADHD sufferers look for that adrenaline rush to keep their mind occupied for a while. Although rock climbing has been looked upon as dangerous and risky, climbing gear and equipment has become much more enhanced than it was several years ago and has increased safety for climbers.
If you have a child with ADHD and are not sure what to do with all that excessive energy, take them to an indoor climbing gym. Help them get their minds on something they can use to challenge themselves while getting the energy out.
This will not only benefit them, but it will keep you from being overwhelmed. There are also camps available that tailor to those with ADHD, and rock climbing is one of the recreational activities they include in their curriculum to increase confidence and problem solving skills.
If you're an adult with ADHD, learn the techniques of rock climbing. It can be a good escape from an overactive mind.
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Climbing Examiner Erica Jessop is an accomplished pianist, administrator, freelance writer, and outdoor enthusiast who loves being surrounded by nature and the majestic mountains.
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