Physical Activity & Bleeds
Staying active is important. It's also important to prepare for activities in the right way and to do what you can to prevent bleeds.
Preparing to Be Active
If you haven't exercised in a while, or are picking up a new sport or exercise, it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor or physical therapist first. It's not good to do too much too fast — that's how people get hurt. Your doctor and physical therapist can help you put together a plan to get yourself into proper shape for a certain activity.
Also, don't just go out cold. Your overall conditioning is important, and this includes strengthening and stretching your muscles before you try a new activity, as well as warming up and stretching before you play a sport or take part in an activity.
What You Can Do to Prevent Bleeds3
- Keep muscles and joints healthy (stay active, choose activities wisely, and eat right)
- Make sure you know the signs of a bleed — and get treatment early if you sense one
- Talk to your physical therapist or doctor after each bleed
- Don't return to activities too quickly if you have a bleed — make sure it's healed completely
- Choose your activities wisely. Stay away from contact sports, activities with high speeds, and racquet and court sports
- Follow your physical therapist's advice
- Wear appropriate protective gear
- Be open and honest with your treatment team about bleeds caused by sports or activities
- Eat right and maintain a healthy weight — it places less stress on the joints
- Avoid combining alcohol and exercise — it confuses judgement and increases the chances of an injury