What about sports? What are the physical limitations that accompany an ARPKD diagnosis?


Yes, children living with ARPKD can still participate in sports! Physical activity can help reduce blood pressure and generally improve one’s quality of life through socialization and play. Children can enjoy a wide variety of sports, including cycling, swimming and running in order to maintain physical activity and participate in social activities. As with all children living with a chronic illness, sports should be considered on an individual basis, depending on the child’s health and the intensity of the sport. Contact sports, like hockey, football and basketball, can put children living with ARPKD at increased risk for an injury to the kidney or spleen.