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Can epileptics do sports?

2022-12-04T16:20:29.621Z

OUR HEALTH ADVICE - The benefits of physical activity are undeniable. However, fears and received ideas persist and hinder practices.



Running, jumping, climbing, swimming... and risking injury from an epileptic seizure?

For a long time, doctors were reluctant to allow their epileptic patients to play sports.

The recommendations have changed, but the fears remain present among patients and their relatives, as among teachers or supervisors of sports activities.

"It's a question that parents ask a lot, but that we also approach spontaneously, because, from experience, we know that there can be fears or restrictions"

, indicates Professor Stéphane Auvin, neuropediatrician at the Robert-Debre Hospital (Paris).

Among the patients,

“many are those who testify to having been prevented from practicing their activity”

, deplores Épilepsie France in a white paper published at the end of November.

Sport and physical activity are, however, beneficial to epileptic patients, as they are to each of us… and perhaps even more so.

“Data confirms what we knew in our practice

, notes Prof.

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Source: lefigaro

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