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Iatreia

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CARRIZOSA-MOOG, Jaime. Epilepsy, physical activity and sports. Iatreia [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.1, pp.47-55. ISSN 0121-0793.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17533/udea.iatreia.v30n1a04.

People with epilepsy are prone to be sedentary compared with the general population. The causes of inactivity are ignorance, prejudice, overprotection, fear and shame. There is no scientific evidence supporting a limitation of physical exercise in persons with epilepsy. The benefits of exercise in these patients are huge. Positive aspects are: physical conditioning, prevention of seizures, emotional wellbeing, social interaction, drug treatment adherence, osteoporosis prevention and better quality of life for patients and their families. Having in mind the individual characteristics, physical exercise should be prescribed and guided. Available evidence underlies the complementary therapeutic effects of physical activity with large positive results at a low cost. Sports or regular physical activity should be a standard indication for persons with epilepsy.

Keywords : Complementary Medicine; Epilepsy; Physical Activity; Sports.

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