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Exercise is one of the prime ingredients of successful management of various muscle disorders. Without doubt, sport is an enjoyable way of exercising, and young patients in particular are very keen. However, for some patients, care and vigilance with regard to their disease and/or concurrent medical treatments is a prerequisite when exercise is prescribed. In this letter, we describe an amateur badminton player with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and briefly consider the pros and cons of exercise therapy for such patients.
A 15 year old boy presented with muscle pain in his right arm. The pain had first started 10 days previously, and occurred particularly during badminton training. It usually emerged in his …