Introduction to sport and exercise

There’s no doubt that participating in sport and exercise can have many benefits from improving your physical fitness to having a positive effect on your overall well-being. And the good news is that advances in haemophilia therapy over the years means that people with haemophilia now have lots of opportunities to become actively involved.

It may seem hard to believe, but participation in sport and exercise was considered strictly forbidden for people with haemophilia until the end of the 1960’s. Since then, the introduction of clotting factor replacement therapy – both to treat and prevent bleeds ­– has meant that people with haemophilia who have access to these therapies, now have a broad range of activities to choose from. In fact, participation in certain sports and activities is now actively encouraged for most people with haemophilia.

While we aim to answer some of the questions you may have about participation in sport and exercise in this section of the website, it’s important to remember that people with haemophilia vary widely in how they respond to taking part in sport and exercise. Because of this, it’s important to seek advice from your Haemophilia Treatment Centre before engaging in any sport or exercise regimen.


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