What activities can people with hemophilia do?

Swimming, biking, karate, baseball, skiing.... These are just some of many activities that people with hemophilia can do. And there are few sports and activities that are not recommended for a person with hemophilia.

Which sport or activity is best? That depends on the person with hemophilia and their doctor. The decision should be based on which activity the person enjoys, what physical shape they are in and whether they have joint problems that would exclude certain activities. The important thing is to find something that interests you or that challenges your body. Exercise is important for everyone.

Most doctors agree that the roughest physical contact sports, such as boxing, hockey or football, should be avoided by people with hemophilia.

Adapted from Tell Them the Facts! By Laureen A. Kelley, 1995