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Active Families Research Project
Active Families Research Program

Physical activity

There are many benefits of being physically active, such as helping to manage weight, reducing the risk of developing chronic medical conditions, strengthening bones and improvement in mood. However, some types of physical activity are not recommended for children taking anti-coagulation medication. Children who avoid physical activity in an attempt to avoid bleeding injuries often have very sedentary lifestyles which increase their risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

It can be difficult for families to figure out what activities their child could participate in. At the present time, there is very little guidance for physicians regarding what types of physical activity are or are not appropriate.

We hope that by gathering information about experiences of bleeding injuries and the types of impacts that occur in different activities, we can provide more information about the types of physical activity that offer a lower risk of bleeding injuries.