In August, 2012, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in all of history. His journey to becoming an known athlete is very interesting. As a young boy, Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD – a disability which results in inability to focus, deep disorganization, and hyperactivity. His mother was an educator and she knew she had to channel his energy into something positive and involve him with an activity that would force him to develop focusing skills. She chose swimming, and it served him well.
Through those years of training, Phelps, like many athletes, developed a set of character traits that can translate to success in the non athletic “world,” and we would be wise to consider our own program of athletic activity, not just for fitness, but for the secondary benefits it will bring. Here are the character traits that are developed when we engage in sports.