What you need to know
- It is very important that individuals with VLCAD have access to fluids and snacks. They need to bring snacks or drinks on field trips that last more than a few hours.
- Because children, especially older children, are at risk for muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) during periods of strenuous exercise, care must be taken during gym class to provide adequate fluids and even supplemental carbohydrates before any strenuous exercise.
- Some children with FAODs may not be able to participate in a typical gym class.
- If you live in New England (USA) and qualify, Northeast Passage offers Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports programming.
What you can do
- If the episodes of rhabdomyolysis (muscle cramps and fatigue after long periods of exercise) become frequent or severe, a modified physical education plan may become necessary.