South African Haemophilia Foundation (SAHF) Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) Treatment Guidelines - Treatment of Bleeding Episodes

Sports

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Safety first!

People living with Haemophilia and other related bleeding disorders can exercise and participate in sports.

— But it’s crucially important to do so safely by working with your HTC Physiotherapist to create a fitness plan that’s right for you

Sport and Haemophilia

Activities for children, teenagers, and adults.

Be sure to talk with your or your child’s doctor and / or physiotherapist about which activities they recommend. Here are some typical activities that people with hemophilia often participate in.

Children
Children

  • Walking to school
  • Family bike rides
  • Dance classes
  • Swim lessons

Teenagers
Teenagers

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Strength exercises (weight-bearing)

Adults
Adults

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Cycling
  • Strength exercises (weight-bearing)
  • Dancing
  • Bowling

Sports, exercise, and risk.

Every sport or exercise has a certain amount of risk—but some, such as those that involve physical contact with other players or equipment, may be unsafe for people living with a bleeding disorder. When you know the level of risk associated with different activities, you’ll be better prepared to make good choices. Always discuss your plans with your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.

Choosing an activity that you will enjoy.

Before starting a new sport or exercise, it’s a good idea to discuss any pros and cons with your Haemophilia doctor. Be ready to answer a few questions, such as:
Which activities are you interested in?
Do you have any joint damage from bleeds or any mobility issues that would affect your participation?
Are you aware of the benefits and any risks of this activity?
Have you considered working with a trainer or physical therapist to prepare for this activity?
What are your fitness goals?
What is your current level of fitness?