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Epilepsy and athletics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12852689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It may seem logical to place restrictions on athletes with epilepsy, but there are no studies to suggest that even contact sports exacerbate seizures, and there is ample evidence that exercise reduces seizure frequency and improves well-being. Thus, sports participation should generally be encouraged for epilepsy patients. The risk-benefit analysis for an individual patient is highly dependent on the athletic activity considered; type of seizure, the likelihood that a seizure will occur during the activity, and comorbid conditions. Water sports (scuba diving, swimming, boating), sports performed at heights (piloting, sky diving, climbing, horseback riding), and motor sports require specific considerations.
Nathan B Fountain; Anthony C May
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in sports medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0278-5919     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Sports Med     Publication Date:  2003 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-10     Completed Date:  2003-08-20     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8112473     Medline TA:  Clin Sports Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  605-16, x-xi     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries / etiology
Epilepsy / complications*,  physiopathology
Exercise / physiology
Head Injuries, Closed / complications
Hyperventilation / complications
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Risk Assessment / methods
Seizures / etiology
Sports Medicine / methods
Stress, Physiological / complications

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