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13 Athletes with ADHD 

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Updated August 26, 2019 112.6k views 13 items

Can you guess which popular athletes have ADHD? Several famous NFL 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. Caitlyn 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 ingredient 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."

What do you think is the best way to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Athletes with ADHD
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Arguably the best basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan also has ADHD.

Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Washington Wizards, North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball, + more

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Athletes with ADHD
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Michael Phelps has struggled with ADHD since childhood.

Age: 34

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: North Baltimore Aquatic Club

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Athletes with ADHD
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In his memoir, Pete Rose discusses his life long struggle with ADHD.

Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos

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Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Athletes with ADHD
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Catilyn Jenner reportedly has ADHD.

Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, New York, Mount Kisco

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