Sports/Exercise with Hypermobility

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I consider myself to be a fit and healthy 34 year old despite dealing with having to manage pain in my knee joints for the past 12 years, being told by my doctor that I had to give up a lot of the high impact sports I enjoyed so much took a hit all those years ago, but I have managed with lower impact exercise in the meantime to keep myself active. I suffer from recurrent dislocation of my shoulder joints with the white water kayaking I do, but just put it down to over doing it. After suffering a second knee dislocation in the space of 2 years just from something as simple as doing housework I consulted a specialist who diagnosed me with hypermobility. My question is, I desperately want to get back into doing more active sports, other than Pilates which has been recommended by the doctor. in particular something I can do at home like aerobics, boxercise or body combat, but can anyone make any recommendations as to particular routines that will help the condition and not make it worse? If I'm even allowed to do these workouts? Any other advice would be great.

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    Hi Nikita. It's a tough blow. I know. I was told, many years ago to have bed rest. Haha that's pretty much no help either. I have done much reading and through trial and error worked out what worked for me. I have an exercise bike. And a cross trainer. No impact on these pieces of equipment. Also I do lots of walking. I also recommend swimming. (Not breaststroke kick with yr knees).

    It's just a matter of trying and seeing what works plus reading and understanding yr body.

    Also try reading about ehlos danlos syndrome. They have severe hyper mobile joints but reading the literature gives a good understanding of hyper mobility. Also. Do you have hypermobility or joint hypermobility syndrome?

    Happy reading and good luck.

    Ps. I'm now 52. Was diagnosed at 17. Wasn't much help or info available back then. I've recently had a hip replacement due to issues caused by my JHS.

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      Hi Denise. Thanks for your response.  I'm glad you mention a cross trainer, this is something I have already but the specialist said it wouldn't benefit as much as an exercise bike. A bike would be more beneficial to me and my spouse, but until that time at least I can continue to use my cross trainer.  The specialist diagnosed me with hypermobility based on the Beighton score test she completed, I only scored 50% and she did say with the help of strengthening exercises that will help to maintain the level of joint pain I currently experiencing as well as hopefully prevent future dislocations.  As you mentioned I think I simply need to do a bit more reading, understand the condition a bit more and hopefully with doing things by trial and error find out what works and what doesn't.

      Many thanks


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      Awesome. Good luck. It's different for each person. I'm sure you'll find yr grove. A physio at my work recommended a spin bike is best. Maybe you can save for 1 of those.


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