• Petra Hartmann


This chapter seeks to describe how sporting activities can benefit patients during their life with IBD. Pros and cons for possible activities will be provided. Motivation and the fun factor play a crucial role in maintaining continuous activity. Several different studies were evaluated. This summary determined that patients with IBD tended to have quite low levels of routine physical activity. Various training programs correlate well with decreasing disease activity, resulting in better health-related quality of life.

Patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases should be strongly encouraged to engage in a sporting activity. Sporting activity should be part of the entire treatment concept for IBD patients.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Crohn’s disease Ulcerative colitis Sports Exercise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Hartmann
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  1. 1.Gastroenterologische Gemeinschaftspraxis MindenMindenGermany

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