From baseball and basketball to judo and gymnastics, the sports world is filled with elite athletes who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – and who have dominated in their respective athletics.Research suggests, in fact, that ADHD may be more common in elite athletes than it is in the general population; up to 8% of athletes have the condition compared to 2% to 7% of the general population.1Each of the athletes on this list has ADHD – either diagnosed in childhood, in the midst of their professional career, or years after retiring from the sport. Many say ADHD gives them an edge, while others say sports has given them a healthy outlet for their symptoms. Who would you add to this list?1 Han, D.
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https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2019-100713Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast in history, with 32 World Championship medals and seven Olympic medals. In 2022, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, becoming the youngest person to receive the nation's highest civilian honor.Biles opened up about her ADHD diagnosis in 2016, after Russian hackers exposed confidential medical information about her Ritalin use. “Having ADHD and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know,” she tweeted at the time.Image by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil (CC BY 2.0)Zach Wilson, who played college football at Brigham Young University, was selected second overall by the New York Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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