Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
Swimming is often recommended as an ideal form of exercise for people with bleeding disorders for a few different reasons. To begin with, swimming allows one to strengthen their muscles in a way that doesn’t put weight on the joints, and therefore reduces the likelihood of bleed due to impact or pressure. It also enables […]
By Michael Zolotnitsky, PT, DPT Growing up with hemophilia made waking up with bruises, joint pain, or the inability to bear weight on my ankles a normal occurrence. Time and time again, my mother had to drive me to the local hematology clinic to have factor infused. I did not feel like a normal child. I […]
Summer is finally here! As the kids head off to their summer activities it is important to keep safety measures in mind. This FitFactor swimming video segment shows how pools can be a great place for kids (and adults), especially those with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders to play, how water can help protect vulnerable joints, and […]
Many individuals with bleeding disorders are finding better health by being physically active. Matthew Stinger is one such individual. Matthew, who has hemophilia, has benefited from swimming & biking and one way he gives back to others within the bleeding disorders community is by participating in HFA’s annual Gears for Good bike ride. Learn about Matthew […]
By Ogden M. Forbes, Ed.D. and Jane Forbes, R.N. Swimming is fun! No doubt about it. Did you know that because water provides relief from impact on our joints while still providing resistance to our muscles it is a great place for people who have hemophilia to build stronger bodies? It’s true and for many […]
By Sonji Wilkes Several summers ago, I signed the kids up for swim lessons to help keep them busy during summer break. A couple of years later, after once-a-week, year-round lessons, they had progressed to a point where I was brave enough to sign them up for a local swim team. I was thrilled; they […]
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