Motor coordination problems

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      Magwitch
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      Recently diagnosed with ADHD. I have always had problems with performing coordinated sequences of movements. Sports is an area this has greatly affected. Even with coaching in racquet sports my technique is poor as there is a block where my brain doesn’t give the right messages to my muscles.

      I looked into dyspraxia. Although I do display the main symptom, it didn’t seem like I displayed enough symptoms to have it, and an OT said I didn’t have it. I went to a physiotherapist for a second opinion, who concurred. I read that people with ADHD commonly have motor coordination problems even if it isn’t dyspraxia, so that seems to explain it. I’m interested to know of others like this who might have tried things that worked for them. The motor coordination exercises the OT did have not translated to improvements in the real world. I read something indicating ADHD medications can help motor coordination. I have only briefly tried Ritalin, which was a disaster as it made my OCD worse. I will try another ADHD medication the next time I see the psychiatrist as I wanted to wait until things were stable with my anxiety first.

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      wtfKwaku
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      I had motor problems and they were heightened due to a lack of confidence. I started playing rec league football at 12 in a REALLY competitive league on a dominant team. My offensive capabilities work lackluster but I excelled at the contact portion of the football, so I was subjugated to the OL and DL. My team had a reputation for “hitting hard” so practice was mostly “Oklahoma drills” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvfW8x9IqNs and “bull in the ring” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHgWKoNhDIs with a little bit of scrimmaging. Fast forward to high school I started on a 8-2 JV team at MLB/OLB, second-string/situational at OLB and TE for jumbo packages for my junior year lost in two games before states and started at DE on a playoff team my senior year, only to lose the first round.

      I said all that to say that practice is BIG, I had one of the best lateral move speed on my teams due to taking interest in ladder drills specifically the “icky shuffle” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMY5Cj39xN8 I would practice this everywhere that I saw some tiles lol in my combine I had a 3.97 shuttle time. I was game fast not track fast lol. And another than that helped me motor wise was the “3 pat drill” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI_Yc-KUe7s

      I failed at softball, basketball, and track (400, 800, 300 and hurdles) I was ok at field events (high jump and long jump). I was 5-5 in wrestling but my temper was bad and I quit twice in one season lol.

      But yea just practice on by doing things that have similar motor movements and it will become set in your subconscious and become second nature.

    • #143457
      Magwitch
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      Nerves can certainly make mine worse. I’d say a lot of the problem is concentrating on many steps at once. If I’m doing drills that are quite predictable I might do a decent job, but when I don’t know what’s coming the technique goes out the window. I have very slow processing speed. I’ve done enough practice that I am certain it isn’t enough to make things second nature.

      I did only recently read that the antidepressant I’m on, which I plan on going off in April, can cause problems with motor coordination. Perhaps switching to a new medication might have some effect.

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