It is well known, and not only to doctors, that physical education strengthens a person’s health, and often even relieves him of various diseases. Physical exercises improve the functioning of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, improve metabolism, strengthen muscles and tissues, increase oxygen metabolism, remove toxins, relieve muscle fatigue, and saturate a person with additional energy.
But what about children who have or are suspected (at an early age) of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? After all, they are already moving beyond measure. Will additional physical activity become a “heavy burden” for them? Studies of domestic and foreign experts show that it will not. Moreover, the treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder must necessarily include physical rehabilitation. Systematic gymnastics helps the child become calmer. He develops proper coordination of movements, restores behavioral reactions, normalizes sleep, and develops the musculoskeletal system. In addition, gymnastics has a general strengthening effect on the entire body, which is also extremely important. Of course, not all physical education classes are useful for such children.
Firstly, they should be carried out under the supervision of a pediatrician, neuropathologist and exercise therapy doctor. This, of course, does not mean that you need to do gymnastics only in special halls, strictly by the hour. Of course, at home or in the country with mom, this will be even more useful. After all, physical therapy exercises give the desired results only if they are carried out for a long time, regularly (it’s even good to break them into separate cycles and carry them out several times during the day), with a gradual increase in load. But the doctor of physiotherapy exercises should show them to their mother, who must be constantly informed about the results. It is necessary to discuss with the doctor which exercises are more useful and the child likes, which ones are not, what to add and what to exclude.
Secondly, it must be borne in mind that hyperactive children should not participate in games where emotions are strongly expressed: competitions, team games (football, basketball), demonstrations.
Thirdly, before starting classes, the child must undergo a medical examination in order to know if the additional load will be harmful to other organs and systems.
Fourthly, it is worth remembering that this is still physiotherapy exercises and it has a specific focus. It is very good to combine it with swimming or individual sports (if the child himself is interested in them).