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Epilepsy and sportsEEpilepsy and sportsEpilepsy and sportsEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW12.000000000000047.0000000000000370.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Children with epilepsy can participate in most sports and physical activities. Read about sports risks and benefits for children with epilepsy.</p><p>Children with epilepsy can participate in most sports and physical activities. Participation helps promote positive self-esteem, encourages social interaction and self-expression, and supports physical and mental well-being. As for all children involved in sports, some precautions must be taken, such as wearing the proper protective gear. </p> <p>It is also useful to inform parents and coaches about your child’s epilepsy in the event that your child has a seizure while under their care. Include your child, if they are able, in determining who and how to tell about their epilepsy. This emphasizes their control over disclosure and values them as the expert about their epilepsy. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Children with epilepsy can still participate in sports and should follow the same safety precautions as any other child.</li> <li>Avoid high-risk sports such as scuba diving, skydiving and boxing.</li> <li>Before your child tries a new sport, discuss it with the epilepsy care team, inform the coach about your child's condition, and ensure your child is well protected.</li></ul>
L’épilepsie et les sportsLL’épilepsie et les sportsEpilepsy and sportsFrenchNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW12.000000000000047.00000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Les enfants épileptiques peuvent pratiquer la plupart des sports et des activités physiques. Apprenez-en davantage sur les risques et les bienfaits des activités sportives pour les enfants épileptiques.</p><p>Les enfants épileptiques peuvent pratiquer la plupart des sports et des activités physiques. Leur participation favorise une bonne estime de soi, encourage les interactions sociales et l’extériorisation et soutient leur bien-être physique et mental. Comme pour tous les enfants qui pratiquent des sports, il importe de prendre certaines précautions, comme porter l’équipement de protection qui convient.</p> <p>Il est aussi utile d’informer les parents et les entraîneurs de l’épilepsie de votre enfant, au cas où il aurait une crise lorsque ceux-ci en ont la charge. Dans la mesure du possible, faites participer votre enfant pour déterminer à qui et comment il parlera de son épilepsie. Cela renforcera le contrôle qu’il peut exercer sur ce qu’il dira et le valorisera en tant qu’expert de son épilepsie.</p><ul><li>Les enfants épileptiques peuvent eux aussi participer à des activités sportives, mais ils doivent suivre les mêmes consignes de sécurité que tout autre enfant.</li> <li>Évitez les sports à haut risque comme la plongée, le parachutisme et la boxe.</li> <li>Si votre enfant souhaite essayer un nouveau sport, discutez-en avec l’équipe de soins de l’épilepsie, avisez l’entraîneur à propos de sa maladie et assurez-vous qu’il est bien protégé.</li></ul>

 

 

Epilepsy and sports2118.00000000000Epilepsy and sportsEpilepsy and sportsEEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW12.000000000000047.0000000000000370.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Children with epilepsy can participate in most sports and physical activities. Read about sports risks and benefits for children with epilepsy.</p><p>Children with epilepsy can participate in most sports and physical activities. Participation helps promote positive self-esteem, encourages social interaction and self-expression, and supports physical and mental well-being. As for all children involved in sports, some precautions must be taken, such as wearing the proper protective gear. </p> <p>It is also useful to inform parents and coaches about your child’s epilepsy in the event that your child has a seizure while under their care. Include your child, if they are able, in determining who and how to tell about their epilepsy. This emphasizes their control over disclosure and values them as the expert about their epilepsy. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Children with epilepsy can still participate in sports and should follow the same safety precautions as any other child.</li> <li>Avoid high-risk sports such as scuba diving, skydiving and boxing.</li> <li>Before your child tries a new sport, discuss it with the epilepsy care team, inform the coach about your child's condition, and ensure your child is well protected.</li></ul><p>Sports considered low risk are:</p> <table class="akh-table"> <tbody> <tr><td> <ul> <li>aerobics</li> <li>baseball (with a helmet)</li> <li>bowling</li> <li>cross-country skiing</li> <li>dancing</li> <li>field hockey (with a helmet)</li> <li>football (with protective gear</li></ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>golf</li> <li>hiking</li> <li>jogging</li> <li>ping-pong</li> <li>soccer</li> <li>most track and field events</li></ul> </td></tr></tbody></table> <p>Sports considered moderate risk are:</p> <table class="akh-table"> <tbody> <tr><td> <ul> <li>basketball</li> <li>bike riding (with a helmet)</li> <li>canoeing (with a partner)</li> <li>downhill skiing (with a helmet)</li> <li>gymnastics</li> <li>horseback riding (with a helmet)</li></ul> </td> <td> <ul> <li>ice hockey (with a helmet)</li> <li>skateboarding (with a helmet)</li> <li>skating (with a helmet)</li> <li>snowboarding (with a helmet)</li> <li>swimming (in a pool with a lifeguard)</li> <li>tennis</li></ul> </td></tr></tbody></table> <p>With snow and water sports, avoid the bright glare of the sun by using appropriate sunglasses, if bright light is a trigger for seizures. </p> <p>High-risk sports, such as scuba diving and skydiving, should be avoided if your child has active seizures. Boxing should be avoided because of possible head injury. </p> <p>Here are some general guidelines your child can follow to ensure their safety and enjoyment:</p> <ul> <li>Before your child tries a new sport, discuss it with the epilepsy care team, especially if the sport is of moderate or high risk. </li> <li>Inform a coach, team-mate, or friend about your child’s condition and ensure they know what to do in case of a seizure.</li> <li>Many sports require a helmet. This is especially important when your child has epilepsy because a head injury can trigger or aggravate seizures. </li> <li>Have your child follow all the safety regulations of the sport.</li> <li>For higher-risk sports, ensure that someone else (coach, lifeguard, team-mate, friend) is watching your child and can help them if necessary. Be sure that person knows about your child’s condition and what to do in case of a seizure. </li> </ul>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/epilepsy_and_sports.jpgEpilepsy and sports

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