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Managing mild bleeding disorders at school fact sheet

Managing mild bleeding disorders at school

Activities and sports for the child with a mild bleeding disorder

Participation is important to help children with a mild bleeding disorder build self-esteem and experience a sense of belonging. Physical activity is recommended, as exercise is helps to maintain a healthy weight, and develop muscle strength around the joints.

Children with bleeding disorders have a normal quality of life and can participate in a number of sporting activities. However, we recommend they should not play contact sports such as football, AFL, Rugby boxing, karate, etc. Instead, appropriate non-contact sports are encouraged such as swimming, cycling, golf, tennis, softball, cricket, etc.

For a comprehensive list of sports and risks please see –

Remember these are normal children who should be encouraged to participate in all reasonable sports and activities as this is beneficial for their physical and psychosocial development.


Absenteeism may occur with some children if an injury is severe or rehabilitation is required.

Children usually should not miss more than 2-3 days due to an injury; however they may need to attend their local hospital for follow-up care.

If a child with a bleeding disorder sustains an injury they may need to use crutches, slings or sometimes even a wheelchair upon their return to school. This may mean that they will need more time to get to and from their classes.

Common bleeding episodes


  • Head injury
  • Broken bones
  • Severe cuts requiring stitches


Special issues for girls with a bleeding disorder

Girls may experience heavy bleeding with their menstrual cycle. This means that girls may need to be absent from school due to heavy bleeding and/or pain and they may need to leave the classroom frequently to change their tampon or pad.


Contact us

Haematology and Haemophilia Service
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 5, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 1111

In an emergency, always call 000.

Developed by Haematology and Haemophilia Service, Children’s Health Queensland. Updated: January 2018. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.