Sports & Exercise

Exercise and fitness should be part of your everyday routine, regardless of your bleeding disorder. However, it is important to understand that because of your condition some sports are deemed unsuitable because of the high risk of injury and bleeding. Exercise is not limited to sports and can include dance and gym sessions. The same precautions should be taken when undertaking any fitness activity. Speak to the haemophilia treatment centre before undertaking any strenuous exercise or joining any sports club to ensure that the activity is suitable for you and your condition. The centre staff can also help you prepare for activities by advising you on what protection, if any, is needed for your chosen fitness plan.

When you are physically fit, you are more resilient to the stresses and strains of everyday life than someone who takes no exercise.  This is especially true if you have a bleeding disorder. When physical activity is regularly practised it helps mental concentration, tones up muscles and increases skill, coordination, and stamina all of which enhance your everyday life.  Moreover, you learn about team spirit and comradeship and may well gain a sense of achievement previously lacking in your life.  Some people may think or tell you that sport involves unnecessary risk, but you should learn to decide for yourself which risks are worthwhile taking and which are not.  Everyone can enjoy sport, no matter where they live.