Participation in sports and physical activity of haemophilia patients.

Fromme A, Dreeskamp K, Pollmann H, Thorwesten L, Mooren FC, Völker K

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Modern therapy options offer haemophiliacs more and more possibilities for an active participation in sports. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the attitude of these patients towards sports, their participation in school and leisure time sports activities, and differences between juveniles and adults. We investigated 44 children and adolescents (aged from 4 to 16 years) and 27 adults (aged from 18 to 72 years) with haemophilia by means of a questionnaire. 79.6% of the juvenile patients participated always or almost always in school sports, while this percentage was significantly (P < 0.05) lower in the former school time of the adults (37%). Sports play an important or very important role in leisure time activities for 75% of the adolescent and 55.5% of the adult haemophiliacs (P < 0.05). Bleeding complications occurred in 17.6% of all patients; there was no correlation with any particular type of sports. There were only slight differences between both groups, regarding their motivation to participate in sports activities. The main reasons involved social aspects and having fun. The results show that the modern therapy of haemophilia probably leads to a more positive attitude towards sports and to a wider spectrum of practised sports. This, however, may be associated with an increasing potential of health risks, which require a high level of sports medical care.

Details zur Publikation

Pages: -315
Release year: 2007
Language in which the publication is writtenEnglish