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Simone Biles’ ADHD Diagnosis Explained

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When hackers broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency database (WADA) and attempted to undermine Biles’ athletic achievements using her medical history, she fought back against the stigma surrounding mental health issues in sports (via Olympic Channel). According to ESPN, the data breach revealed her longtime use of Ritalin, a stimulant drug commonly prescribed to manage symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

WADA does include stimulants on its list of prohibited substances. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ritalin for treating ADHD in children and adults (per MedicalNewsToday). Athletes can be granted exceptions for approved drugs that are considered performance-enabling, rather than performance-enhancing, according to ESPN.

As the most decorated gymnast in history, Biles holds a unique position when it comes to representing fairness in sports. With 19 medals documented by the Academy of Achievement, the world champion gymnast takes her responsibility to play fair seriously.

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