Can tae kwon do be used as an ADHD therapy?

15-year-old from Canton has a fierce kick, and is training for a black belt in the martial art of tae kwon do.

She said that tae kwon do practice

– alleviates the symptoms of her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
– helps her concentrate and
– gives her self-esteem a boost.

She adds that she learns something different from each class. Learning the different kicks helps helps her memorize things. When it gets in the brain, you kind of memorize things, then it helps you perform, focus.

Taek won do trainer says “People all over the country get good results with their ADD from doing martial arts”. “Every martial
arts school knows it. We all know it. The kids that go through it and the parents all know it. The medical community has no
definition for it. Anecdotally, we know it works. But we don’t know why. We don’t know how. We have no proof but a lot of
anecdotal evidence.

“The idea that we can quantify what happens and how it happens, and then ultimately have it be a treatment that can be prescribed
by a doctor, and covered by insurance, non-pharmacological, it’s huge.

Source @ freep

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