Should people with haemophilia exercise and play sports?

Some people with haemophilia do not exercise because they think it may cause bleeds, but exercise can actually help prevent bleeds. Strong muscles help protect someone who has haemophilia from spontaneous bleeds and joint damage.

Sport is an important activity for young people. It not only helps build their muscles, it helps them develop mental concentration and coordination, and learn about being part of a team. However, some sports are riskier than others, and the benefits must be weighed against the risks.

The severity of a person’s haemophilia should also be considered when choosing a sport. Sports like swimming, badminton, cycling, and walking are sports that most people with haemophilia can safely participate in, whilst sports like rugby, and boxing are not recommended for people with haemophilia.