The Best Activities
Here is a list of the best activities for people with hemophilia and inhibitors, based on age.
Swimming is one of the best sports for people with hemophilia and inhibitors of all ages. It strengthens the muscles and provides a good workout without hurting the joints.3,25
It's a low-risk activity. Plus, after a bleeding episode, swimming and doing exercises in the water can help people return to their other activities faster.1
- Riding a tricycle (with protective gear) develops leg strength and stamina1,3,25
- Playing catch develops strength and coordination1,3,25
Most non-contact sports and games are okay, but if you have a problem with one or it gives you a bleed, you should talk to your doctor or hemophilia care team.
Some good options are3,25:
- Walking (your dog!)
- Shooting hoops
- Hiking with friends and family
- Tai Chi
- Bike riding (with proper safety gear)
- Cross-country skiing
Not all activities are appropriate for all people. Be sure to consult your physician or treatment center before beginning any exercise program or participating in sporting activities. If an injury occurs, contact your physician or treatment center immediately for the appropriate treatment.
Teenagers and Adults
Teenagers and adults tend to want to try other activities. This can be okay, but if you have inhibitors, you also need to consider your abilities and limitations and not take unnecessary risks.
When in doubt, work with a doctor, a physical therapist, or personal trainer to find a program that's safe and fun.