Journal of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
Print version ISSN 1676-2649
VIEIRA, Douglas E. et al. Positive effects of physical exercise in epilepsy: does judo part of this context?. J. epilepsy clin. neurophysiol. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.3, pp. 131-136. ISSN 1676-2649. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-26492007000300008.
INTRODUCTION: Persons with epilepsy have previously been discouraged from participation in physical activity and sports for fear of inducing seizures or increasing seizure frequency. Despite a shift in medical recommendations toward encouraging rather than restricting participation, the stigma remains and persons with epilepsy continue to be less active than the general population. OBJECTIVES: In these lines, several clinical and experimental studies have demonstrated a positive effect of physical exercise on epilepsy. Judo is a traditional and popular sport and people with epilepsy often ask physicians whether they may engage in this sport. CONCLUSIONS: Based on this, our review article is designed to show the risks and benefits of physical activity in patients with epilepsy and discusses the role of judo in this context.
Keywords : epilepsy; physical activity; seizure; judo.