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Prophylactic misuse and recommended use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by athletes

PainSci » bibliography » Warden 2009
Tags: self-treatment, medications, running, inflammation, classics, treatment, exercise, pain problems

PainSci notes on Warden 2009:

Good, short, plain language debunking of the regular and excessive use of ibuprofen (and similar) by athletes: “There is no indication or rationale for the current prophylactic use of NSAIDs by athletes.”

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

Superstitions and rituals are commonplace in sports and range from simple activities such as each player touching a special inanimate object before entering the field of play to more extreme behaviours such as not washing a uniform or wearing the same underwear during a winning streak. These practices are relatively harmless and may reduce precompetition anxiety, but a concerning ritual that has recently developed in sports is the prophylactic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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