What activities might need special guidance?

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It is important to remember that one-off accidents can happen to anyone. If a seizure should occur during an activity, this does not automatically mean that something tragic will happen and that future participation must be barred.

Over-reaction to a seizure is understandable on some occasions, but it can lead to over-restriction and its psychological consequences. Anxiety is normal where seizures may happen, but sensible provision can go a long way towards making most activities safe.

Individual assessment and an informed decision about participation are always needed

Swimming: In swimming baths there is little extra risk. Avoid swimming alone, and if necessary inform the lifeguard about the possibility of seizures.

Cycling: Where seizures are controlled there should be no increased risk. If seizures still occur, busy roads are best avoided and a companion is advisable.

Riding: Normal hard riding hats should be worn by all riders. For special facilities where the person with epilepsy is also physically disabled?

Boxing: This is not an advisable activity for a person with epilepsy. Field sports involving possible injury to the head need assessment for each individual

Climbing: Climbing frames and trees cannot be avoided, even if forbidden by well meaning parents. Most informed opinion now favours the benefits of the normal childhood activities

Yoga: The physical and psychological aspects of yoga may be highly beneficial. The controlled deep breathing associated with the more common forms of yoga should not present any problems.