Wednesday, October 7, 2015

THE SPECIALIZED FOUNDATION

FEATURED NEWS

OCTOBER 18, 2015    The Specialized Foundation's work to help improve the lives of kids with ADHD was highlighted on the TODAY Show. Watch the video to learn more about our in-school research programs and our mission.

Did you know that, regardless of whether or not you have ADHD, riding a bike for an hour has a powerful affect on your ability to pay attention? So whether you’re studying for midterms or preparing for a long day of meetings, getting out to ride will show you riding’s brain-boosting potential firsthand.

OUR STORY

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 was 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.

“AS SOMEONE WHO IS PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY, AND AS A PARENT OF A CHILD DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD, I HOPE THIS RESEARCH PROVIDES NEW HOPE FOR THE MORE THAN SIX MILLION CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES MANAGING ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS, AND THAT IT SERVES AS A CATALYST FOR PRIORITIZING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS.”

We see an opportunity to change the conversation surrounding the treatment of children with ADHD, and through the development of our evidence-based youth cycling programs, we’re demonstrating a commitment to improving the lives and communities of patients and their families.

The Specialized Foundation supports cutting-edge research to investigate how aerobic exercise, specifically cycling, can become an integral part of a comprehensive treatment program for kids suffering with ADHD. And through our pilot programs, we’re finding encouraging results in support of this mission. Here are some of the things that we’ve learned:

With our partners in the field, we’ve established several six-week pilot programs in middle schools across the United States, and the early findings have been nothing short of groundbreaking. We’ve discovered that kids’ brains are better prepared for learning when they take part in cycling activities, improving many of the core deficits of ADHD, like attention, mood, and behavior. And these programs have also shown improvements in academic performance as measured by standardized test scores.

Furthermore, bike riding has proved itself to be the ideal conduit to these positive effects, as it’s easily accessible for kids with varying degrees of fitness. So this means that students are able to participate at a higher rate than with other forms of aerobic activity. And aside from our early findings in concern to attention improvement, riding develops an early adoption of physical fitness in kids, with the results reflecting a significant reduction in participants’ BMI on average.

IMPACT

Through our pilot programs, we’ve been able to work with over 300 kids across the United States, from Los Angeles, California to Payson, Utah, and our work continues every day. Here’s what some of our participants have had to say about our pilot programs.

“WHEN WE STARTED OUR CYCLING CLASS, WE THOUGHT BIKING WOULD BE A FUN ACTIVITY FOR OUR STUDENTS—SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND OUT OF THE ORDINARY. THE CYCLING PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL HAS TURNED OUT TO BE MUCH MORE. WE HAVE WITNESSED A CHANGE IN OUR STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO FOCUS IN CLASS, CONNECT SOCIALLY, AND IMPROVE FITNESS AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS SCHOOL AND THEIR PEERS. OUR STUDENTS LOVE THIS CLASS, AND THE PARENTS DO, TOO. OUR CYCLING CLASS IS NOW A STAPLE IN OUR MASTER SCHEDULE, AND IT WILL BE FOR MANY YEARS.”
— Assistant Principal, Payson, UT

“This is an amazing opportunity for these students and this community and will have a far reaching affect beyond the life of this project.”
— Project Coordinator, Audobon Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

“Students gained increased confidence in themselves and their biking abilities over time...The students would come to my classroom before going to PE just to be sure we were riding that day. The anticipation to ride was overwhelming. They hurried and did not delay in getting ready and told others to hurry as well so we could get going.”
— Program Champion, Will Rogers Middle School, Sacramento, CA

JOIN US

Join the movement and subscribe to learn more about our ongoing research and outreach.

If you’re a business, government agency, or community organization interested in becoming a partnering sponsor, please email foundation@specialized.com.

THE SPECIALIZED FOUNDATION

FEATURED NEWS

OCTOBER, 2015 Did you know that, regardless of whether or not you have ADHD, riding a bike for an hour has a powerful affect on your ability to pay attention? So whether you’re studying for midterms or preparing for a long day of meetings, getting out to ride this October for ADHD Awareness Month will show you riding’s brain-boosting potential firsthand.

OUR STORY

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 was 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.

“AS SOMEONE WHO IS PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY, AND AS A PARENT OF A CHILD DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD, I HOPE THIS RESEARCH PROVIDES NEW HOPE FOR THE MORE THAN SIX MILLION CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES MANAGING ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS, AND THAT IT SERVES AS A CATALYST FOR PRIORITIZING PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS.”

We see an opportunity to change the conversation surrounding the treatment of children with ADHD, and through the development of our evidence-based youth cycling programs, we’re demonstrating a commitment to improving the lives and communities of patients and their families.

The Specialized Foundation supports cutting-edge research to investigate how aerobic exercise, specifically cycling, can become an integral part of a comprehensive treatment program for kids suffering with ADHD. And through our pilot programs, we’re finding encouraging results in support of this mission. Here are some of the things that we’ve learned:

With our partners in the field, we’ve established several six-week pilot programs in middle schools across the United States, and the early findings have been nothing short of groundbreaking. We’ve discovered that kids’ brains are better prepared for learning when they take part in cycling activities, improving many of the core deficits of ADHD, like attention, mood, and behavior. And these programs have also shown improvements in academic performance as measured by standardized test scores.

Furthermore, bike riding has proved itself to be the ideal conduit to these positive effects, as it’s easily accessible for kids with varying degrees of fitness. So this means that students are able to participate at a higher rate than with other forms of aerobic activity. And aside from our early findings in concern to attention improvement, riding develops an early adoption of physical fitness in kids, with the results reflecting a significant reduction in participants’ BMI on average.

IMPACT

Through our pilot programs, we’ve been able to work with over 300 kids across the United States, from Los Angeles, California to Payson, Utah, and our work continues every day. Here’s what some of our participants have had to say about our pilot programs.

“WHEN WE STARTED OUR CYCLING CLASS, WE THOUGHT BIKING WOULD BE A FUN ACTIVITY FOR OUR STUDENTS—SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND OUT OF THE ORDINARY. THE CYCLING PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL HAS TURNED OUT TO BE MUCH MORE. WE HAVE WITNESSED A CHANGE IN OUR STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO FOCUS IN CLASS, CONNECT SOCIALLY, AND IMPROVE FITNESS AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS SCHOOL AND THEIR PEERS. OUR STUDENTS LOVE THIS CLASS, AND THE PARENTS DO, TOO. OUR CYCLING CLASS IS NOW A STAPLE IN OUR MASTER SCHEDULE, AND IT WILL BE FOR MANY YEARS.”
— Assistant Principal, Payson, UT

“This is an amazing opportunity for these students and this community and will have a far reaching affect beyond the life of this project.”
— Project Coordinator, Audobon Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

“Students gained increased confidence in themselves and their biking abilities over time...The students would come to my classroom before going to PE just to be sure we were riding that day. The anticipation to ride was overwhelming. They hurried and did not delay in getting ready and told others to hurry as well so we could get going.”
— Program Champion, Will Rogers Middle School, Sacramento, CA

JOIN US

Join the movement and subscribe to learn more about our ongoing research and outreach.

If you’re a business, government agency, or community organization interested in becoming a partnering sponsor, please email foundation@specialized.com.

JOIN US