Mike's Story

 

It all started when...

Specialized Founder and CEO, Mike Sinyard, has long dealt with the effects of ADHD in his own life. The inability to stay focused and being easily distracted were something he had grown to just accept as “normal.” Yet, he noticed that those symptoms seemed to dissipate after returning from a ride. Mike also saw the positive benefits that riding has had on his son, Anthony, who also suffered from ADHD. So when the Bicycling Magazine article “Riding Is my Ritalin” came across his desk, he decided that it was time to explore whether or not there really was science behind riding’s impact on the brain.

 
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AS A COMPANY OF PASSIONATE RIDERS, WE INTUITIVELY RECOGNIZE THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE AND CYCLING ON OUR OWN ABILITIES TO FOCUS, BUT WE WERE ASTOUNDED BY THE RESULTS OF THE RTSG STUDY AS A POTENTIAL NEW SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES TO CONSIDER. AS SOMEONE WHO IS PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY ADHD, AND AS A PARENT OF A CHILD DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD, I HOPE THIS RESEARCH PROVIDES NEW HOPE FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES MANAGING ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS, AND THAT IT SERVES AS A CATALYST FOR PRIORITIZING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS
— Mike Sinyard