No one is immune from developing a blood clot, including active and healthy athletes.

Risk factors for athletes:

* Traveling long distances to participate in competitions. Sitting on a plane, car, or bus for more than four hours increases your risk of developing a blood clot.

* Dehydration
When athletes perform they sweat and can become dehydrated during strenuous activity. Dehydration increases blood's thickness, making it easier for blood clots to form.

* Injury
Athletes can break bones or suffer injuries. Wearing a cast or brace that is needed to stabilize the injury can result in immobility, which can lead to a higher risk of blood clots.

* Bone fracture or surgery

* Lower heart rate
Athletes who exercise and train heavily can have a lower than average heart rate and blood pressure. A lower heart rate and blood pressure may increase the risk for formation of a blood clot.

* Birth control and hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of DVT.

Preventing Blood Clots & DVT in Athletes:

* When traveling long distances, stop every couple of hours and walk around. It is important to stay mobile.
* Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
* Know your family medical history and learn the signs and symptoms of DVT and PE.
* Ask your doctor if you are someone who can take a daily aspirin. Aspirin works as a blood thinner.

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