Sports and Exercises for People with a Bleeding Disorder
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.
- Exercises For People With Hemophilia. World Hemophilia Federation website. http://www1.wfh.org/publications/files/pdf-1302.pdf. Accessed January 26, 2017.
- Anderson A, Forsyth A. Playing it safe: Bleeding Disorders, Sports and Exercise. New York, NY. National Hemophilia Foundation. 2005.