Sports and Exercises for People with a Bleeding Disorder

Bleeding Disorders Sports and Exercises

For people with a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease, sports and exercise are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and strengthen muscles around the joints.1,2


Getting Started: Bleeding Disorders And Exercise

Before beginning an exercise program, it is important to schedule a physical exam at your treatment center to make sure that you are prepared for the activity.2

Getting Started: Bleeding Disorders And Sports

Selecting a sport that is considered safe for people with a bleeding disorder is also an essential step. An effective exercise program should also include stretching.

Bleeding Disorders And Sports: Being Prepared

While warming up and cooling down are important practices for all exercise activities, they are especially helpful for people with a bleeding disorder.2 Check with your hemophilia treatment center as to whether there are any special warm up or cool down exercises you should be doing.

Bleeding Disorders And Sports: Exercise-Related Bleeds

Learning to recognize and treat a sports-related bleed is very important. Confirm with your physician and/or treatment center what you should do if a bleed does happen.


  1. Exercises For People With Hemophilia. World Hemophilia Federation website. Accessed January 26, 2017.
  2. Anderson A, Forsyth A. Playing it safe: Bleeding Disorders, Sports and Exercise. New York, NY. National Hemophilia Foundation. 2005.

Sports and Exercises for People with a Bleeding Disorder

If you have a bleeding disorder, learn which sports and exercises might be appropriate for you and what to do if a bleed happens.