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 – http://www.brucecalc.net/activity_categories.php
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.
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.