20 Athletes with ADHD

Can you guess which popular athletes have ADHD? Several famous players, basketball stars, and Olympians have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some of these athletes were diagnosed with ADHD when they were children, while others were diagnosed as adults.

Who is the most famous athlete with ADHD? Michael Jordan tops our list. Arguably the best basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan also has ADHD. Bruce Jenner was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and struggled through school. Shane Victorino was diagnosed with ADHD as a child as well. He says, “It was a battle. I wasn’t an easy kid, and my parents tried so hard to help me.”

In 2012, Andre Brown received a suspension from the NFL after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. His ADHD medication apparently contained some banned ingredients. Matt Kinney received a 50-game suspension in 2010, after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine that was an ingrediant in his ADHD medication. Greg LeMond has ADHD. He says, “A lot of athletes have it. I’m kind of a guy who needs to be doing something to learn it. When I got into cycling, I would say that the sport itself took a fog off my brain. I was able to absorb stuff I read. It changed my life.”

Michael Jordan

Arguably the best basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan also has ADHD.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams reportedly suffers from ADHD.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps has struggled with ADHD since childhood.

Babe Ruth

Research suggests that Babe Ruth suffered from ADHD.

Pete Rose

In his memoir, Pete Rose discusses his life long struggle with ADHD.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson has been diagnosed with ADHD. He has also been diagnosed with HIV, which caused him to retire from basketball in 1991.

Caitlyn Jenner

Bruce Jenner was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and struggled through school.

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw has been diagnosed with ADHD and regularly discusses the disorder in interviews.

Carl Lewis

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is confirmed to have ADHD.

Nicole Vaidišová

Nicole Vaidišová hasn’t let ADHD stop her from becoming a top ranking professional tennis player.

Jason Kidd

NBA player Jason Kidd was diagnosed with ADHD.

Cammi Granato-Ferraro

Cammi Granato-Ferraro was diagnosed with ADHD in 2003. Of her diagnosed, she says, “I’d just assumed I wouldn’t finish projects or return calls because I was lazy. Now I knew the cause, and could focus on solutions.”

Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino was diagnosed with ADHD as a child. He says, “It was a battle. I wasn’t an easy kid, and my parents tried so hard to help me.”

Andrés Torres

Andrés Torres and his struggle with ADHD was the subject of the 2011 documentary “Gigante.”

Andre Brown

In 2012, Andre Brown was received a suspension from the NFL after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. His ADHD medication apparently contained some banned ingredients.

Greg LeMond

Greg LeMond has ADHD. He says, “A lot of athletes have it. I’m kind of a guy who needs to be doing something to learn it. When I got into cycling, I would say that the sport itself took a fog off my brain. I was able to absorb stuff I read. It changed my life.”

Virgil Green

Virgil Green was suspended by the NFL in 2012 due to ingredients found in his ADHD medication. He tweeted, “I was suspended for taking ADHD medication prior to approval from NFL. I have now been approved to take the medication to treat my ADHD.”

Jeremy Mayfield

Jeremy Mayfield takes Adderall to treat his ADHD.

Matt Kinney

Matt Kinney received a 50-game suspension in 2010, after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine that was in his ADHD medication.

Matthew Morgan

Matthew Morgan is an advocate for using behavior modification to treat ADHD.

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