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Old 2017-04-17, 08:03 AM   #16
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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
For me it is the best activity because i've got woods on my door step and I can go out any time I have free and mess about in the woods - I also have a violin, skateboard, roller blades, surfski, seakayak, kindle and local climbing wall.
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Old 2017-04-17, 04:43 PM   #17
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I was diagnosed with ADD at 21 (I'm 43 now). When I was diagnosed, I participated in a study that showed people with ADD, on average, had faster reflexes than people without. I'm convinced that this is a huge advantage, not some kind of deficit. In most cases, I think it needs to be channeled, not medicated or treated like a disease, and unicycling is perfect for that. You get exercise, focus, and attention (if that's what you're going for), and it's all positive. For me, exercise and focus were the best medicine.
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Old 2017-04-17, 05:24 PM   #18
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I also think that it's best to leave them alone with the unicycle and let them figure it out for themselves. Too much active teaching or coaching could be detrimental. I learn very differently from others, and a lot of the challenges when I was younger involved trying to learn in an environment that was structured for people that learn and think very differently from myself. Eventually, I found out that it was best to give me the resources and let me learn things myself. With the exception of the very best teachers (I've only known a few), actively learning things from other people is frustrating, like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. The information comes at the wrong speed (usually too slow) and with the wrong focus for me to interpret it as something meaningful to my world. That's not to say that I don't benefit from other's advice, but I have to take that advice and process it in my own time in my own way. Give me some information, and let me go off on my own and play around with it and figure it out for myself. Plus, it's very empowering to be your own teacher! I learned to unicycle completely on my own at an early age, and it showed me that I could do something that's very difficult and seemingly impossible, and something that no one else I'd ever met could do. That also showed me that despite my poor grades in school, there was nothing wrong with me. I just needed a different environment to learn in.
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Old 2017-04-17, 05:59 PM   #19
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Agree with bradford.
And yes unicycle is very good for the adhd, I feel myself.
Even if it gets easier with time it's still involves way more focus than riding a bike.
Riding a geared unicycle or muni also increases this needed focus.
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Old 2017-04-17, 09:13 PM   #20
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In most cases, I think it needs to be channeled, not medicated or treated like a disease, and unicycling is perfect for that.
Absolutely. Never medicate unless something is impeding you from being able to live your life, or otherwise fouling up your health. Some people really need it, but it's not necessary for so many.
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Plus, it's very empowering to be your own teacher! I learned to unicycle completely on my own at an early age, and it showed me that I could do something that's very difficult and seemingly impossible, and something that no one else I'd ever met could do.
To some extent, you have to teach yourself to ride a unicycle. A teacher or coach can offer all sorts of advice and/or physical support, but in the end, it's your own brain and body that have to figure out how to make it all work. My learning situation was similar, yet different from yours, because I had no teaching resources, but I might not have stuck with it had I not known there were a couple of other "otherwise normal" kids at my school that could do it. If they could do it, that meant I could figure it out as well.
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