Epilepsy, seizures, physical exercise, and sports: a report from the ilae task force on sports and epilepsy

Epilepsy, seizures, physical exercise, and sports: a report from the ilae task force on sports and epilepsy

Author Capovilla, Giuseppe Google Scholar
Kaufman, Kenneth R. Google Scholar
Perucca, Emilio Google Scholar
Moshe, Solomon L. Google Scholar
Arida, Ricardo Mario Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract People with epilepsy (PWEs) are often advised against participating in sports and exercise, mostly because of fear, overprotection, and ignorance about the specific benefits and risks associated with such activities. Available evidence suggests that physical exercise and active participation in sports may favorably affect seizure control, in addition to producing broader health and psychosocial benefits. This consensus paper prepared by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Task Force on Sports and Epilepsy offers general guidance concerning participation of PWEs in sport activities, and provides suggestions on the issuance of medical fitness certificates related to involvement in different sports. Sports are divided into three categories based on potential risk of injury or death should a seizure occur: group 1, sports with no significant additional risk

group 2, sports with moderate risk to PWEs, but no risk to bystanders

and group 3, sports with major risk. Factors to be considered when advising whether a PWE can participate in specific activities include the type of sport, the probability of a seizure occurring, the type and severity of the seizures, seizure precipitating factors, the usual timing of seizure occurrence, and the person's attitude in accepting some level of risk. The Task Force on Sports and Epilepsy considers this document as a work in progress to be updated as additional data become available.
Keywords Epilepsy
Physical Exercise
Fitness CertificatesTemporal-Lobe Epilepsy
Sudden Cardiac Death
Electroencephalographic Responses
Preadolescent Children
Language English
Sponsor EU
Italian Medicines Agency
Italian Ministry of Health
Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research
Biopharm Solutions
BMJ India
Sun Pharma
UCB Pharma
National Institutes of Health (NIH) [NS43209]
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, U.S. Department of Defense, UCB
Heffer Family Foundation
Segal Family Foundation
Abbe Goldstein/Joshua Lurie Family
Laurie Marsh/Dan Levitz Family
Date 2016
Published in Epilepsia. Hoboken, v. 57, n. 1, p. 6-12, 2016.
ISSN 0013-9580 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley-blackwell
Extent 6-12
Origin https://doi.org/10.1111/epi.13261
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000368132100007
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/49658

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