When you hear the word sports you probably think basketball, baseball, or football. When you read fitness you may imagine intense daily workouts at a gym. As a person with a bleeding disorder you may not be able to participate in these activities.
The next time you hear the words sports and fitness, consider that physical activity—through safe sports and exercises—will strengthen your musculoskeletal system and reduce extra weight. The real benefit: your joints will become more stable and you’ll be less likely to have bleeds and pain.
A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study showed that being overweight was strongly associated with limited joint range-of-motion. This was true regardless of the severity of the bleeding disorder. However, it’s not just about being overweight.
Just a few of the benefits of being physically fit:
It increases your energy level.
It boosts your mood and attitude.
It helps your body adjust to even routine activities that can cause a bleed and other complications, especially in joints and muscles weakened by lack of movement.
Some considerations when thinking about getting active:
Your current fitness level and goals.
Don’t compare yourself to others. This is about you and not your peers.
How comfortable are you with physical activity? Just like a car, you can’t start off at 55 mph. You’ll need to work your way through the gears. Everyone has to start at zero and work up at different rates. You will get there! Do you have some limitations? An honest assessment of your fitness level will help you reach your goals quicker.
What do you want to accomplish by being active? Make a list: Is your goal overall health or weight management? A specific event (like a Hemophilia Walk)? Or do you just want to play sports with your friends? Just like in other areas of your life, setting goals (fitness goals in this case) gives you something to work toward; you can create a plan and chart your progress, so you know when you’ve accomplished your goals.
Examine your games and wellness thoughts with your Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) group prior to getting everything rolling.
We’ve all heard the hosts on infomercials for gym equipment and exercise recordings express, “Address your primary care physician prior to starting any activity program wellness schedule.” Heed this generally excellent guidance and converse with your therapy group before you start a game or working out. Probably you have been meeting with your draining issue treatment group as of now, so they realize you pretty well. They’ll have your well being records, including data about draining episodes and other ailments, and will track down your pattern and keep tabs on your development starting there.
Your HTC group can:
Examine exercises that will help and, all the more critically, not hurt your body.
Recommend ways of changing the exercises you believe should do to limit the gamble of injury and dying.
Audit your implantation or prophylaxis routine and assist you with changing it, if essential, to accommodate your expanded movement plan.
Help you make adjustments if you do get injured or have a bleed.
Advocate for you. They can talk with your teachers, coaches, and even other medical staff to help promote your being physically active and help you avoid risks.
Treating when explicit exercises diminishes the chances of a drain.
While you may be treating prophylactic (which will make it easier and safer for you to take part in many activities), bleeding due to injury or overuse is still a possibility.
Whether you’re on a regular prophylaxis routine or treat prior to your activity, discuss with your treatment team when you should treat based on your activity.
Ideally, the activity should take place soon after treatment, when your clotting factor level is at its peak. Depending on the physical activity and any incidents that may have occurred, you may wish to treat afterwards.
Try not to play through injuries!
All injuries need adequate time to heal. If you don’t take the time needed to recover, you could end up with long-term or permanent joint and tissue damage.
Use the R.I.C.E. protocol (Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate).
Talk with your treatment team about your treatment options and to determine when you can continue certain physical activities.
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