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    Hi All,

    I have read in several articles on the web about unicycle riding being a well proven treatment for ADHD - kids and adults.

    I am curious about what makes the unicycle riding any different from bicycle or inline skating activities for that matter.

    Is the process of teaching people with ADHD to ride unicycle any different then usual - or simply going through the standard process of learning to ride unicycle has its positive impact for people with ADHD?

    I'd appreciate your answers on this issue.

    Cheers.

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    Originally posted by one4all View Post
    Hi All,

    I have read in several articles on the web about unicycle riding being a well proven treatment for ADHD - kids and adults.

    I am curious about what makes the unicycle riding any different from bicycle or inline skating activities for that matter.
    Because unicycling takes MUCH more focus and balance, dedication and lots of practice to get good at it. I'm a lifelong ADHDer and those of us with this "gift" have the ability to "hyper-focus" on the stuff we like, and excel at it...and I LOVE unicycling!
    Last edited by MuniAddict; 2013-04-17, 09:28 PM.
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    • #3
      I agree, as an ADHD guy as well. The focus involved with unicycling is actually relaxing to me.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by MuniAddict View Post
        Because unicycling takes MUCH more focus and balance, dedication and lots of practice to get good at it. I'm a lifelong ADHDer and those of us with this "gift" have the ability to "hyper-focus" on the stuff we like, and excel at it...and I LOVE unicycling!
        Originally posted by blueharmony View Post
        I agree, as an ADHD guy as well. The focus involved with unicycling is actually relaxing to me.
        Ditto with MuniAddict and blueharmony, as a long time diagnosed ADHD chick I actually work hard focusing while riding, unicycling is actually a good attention holder for me and it's probably the thing I can keep focused on the longest.
        I will admit there has been a few times my attention was lost and I UPD'ed simply for no other reason except my attention wandered.
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        • #5
          I am adhd also and when im.riding its all I can focus on
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          • #6
            That interesting. I don't have ADHD, but I love mastering things and trying new things that are unique/rare.

            It would make sense, though.
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            • #7
              I am ADHD also and hyper-focus on things.

              If I'm not learning something new I get fidgetty and depressed. (Hence my many qualifications, languages, etc.)

              Unicycling, especially MUni, is a total joy for me, I wish I'd discovered it sooner!
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              • #8
                I never considered myself to have ADHD, the thought never entered my mind. Now, after reading about it, it would explain a lot about my life. I also get super focused on things, to the point where I obsess over it. Unicycling is perfect for that, I feel best in my life when I'm riding... Lately I haven't been, obsessed over golf right now... very frustrating. I should probably start riding again

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                • #9
                  I obsessed over disk golf then unicycling then disk golf and now its a strong mix of both :P
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                  • #10
                    @Knoxuni: Yes Wes, we all know you are adhd

                    The "classic" ADHD kid is characterized by being attracted to exciting activities, so there does tend to be a great number of ADHD people doing extreme sports, but at the same time ADHD can be a disadvantage in sports with small/slow rewards and big committments.

                    I have somewhere between 700-800 patients who are ADHD/ADD, only two have taken up uncycling in the five years since I learned to ride; I regularly encourage my patients to try unicycling and have "shown off for more than a few. One tried it and couldn't stick with it, the other is all over it and is wanting go bigger!

                    I think sports and physical work are a great outlet for people with ADHD, but unfortunately many of our youth (and adults) have become more sedentary as the availability and access to electronic media has grown.

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                    • #11
                      I think those with ADHD need to discover the new thing to focus on themselves. If someone suggests something new to me I automatically reject it for some reason.

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                      • #12
                        Unicycling is good for ADHD because, assuming we're practicing something challenging, the moment we stop paying attention, we UPD. Contrast that with reading a book, where it's less obvious when our attention is failing. So, unicycling, compared to some other activities, tends to focus and clarify our attention.

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                        • #13
                          It is the only activity I have
                          tried which ticks all my boxes..

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                          • #14
                            I've got minor add, right now I'm need to be writing a paper, but here I am. I don't see how unicycling is any better than any number of other activities. It does help my add a little, but so does riding my bike.
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                            • #15
                              Where are all these articles saying unicycling is good for ADHD?

                              I don't have ADHD but I don't see why unicycling would be any better than a number of other skills. In terms of requiring focus, yes it does when learning to ride but after you that riding on flat ground is as easy as riding a bike in my opinion.

                              Muni is the only discipline that requires me to continually focus because of the constantly changing terrain, when I play unicycle hockey I don't need to think about riding as it is so easy to ride on flat ground.

                              I cant see how it would be any better than many other skills; juggling, roller blading, skateboarding, rip sticking, parkour, learning an instrument etc

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