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Difficult for thalassemia patient to participate in sports? Is it sever form of sickle cell? Treatments cause inconvenience?

Hello i have some questions about thalassemia these questions are only for school purposes for a project. 1)Is having thalassemia an inconvenience for sports with running because of lack of oxygen? 2)Some say that thalassemia is a more severe form sickle cell. Is this true? 3)Are the treatments for thalassemia inconvenient for the patients.
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query.
Thalassemia is a large group of blood disorders & the severity varies widely. It is difficult to comment on sports performance without knowings details of illness ,but in general lower than normal Hb is likely to affect oxygen carrying capacity of blood to tissues & therefore likely to affect sports performance. Also important to know that mental toughness & morale also play a significant role in sport performance. How a person is mentally coping with the condition is also important.
For other answers need to know the precise type of thalassemia( alpha or beta; minor,intermedia or major) & the sickle cell disease (trait vs disease).
Hope you found the information useful.
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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