A study published in the August 2009 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine states,
"the prolonged prophylactic use of NSAIDs [anti-inflammatory medication like Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen)] by athletes is unsafe."
"there is no clilnical evidence to suggest that regular use of NSAIDs reduces injury risk or improves function in the typical athlete."
"a paradoxical consequence of the prophylactic use of NSAIDs by athletes is that these agents can compromise the musculoskeletal system. NSAIDs taken before activity may mask pain and thus cause athletes to inadvertently allow pathology to progress."
"Athlese who regularly take NSAIDs before exercise may have reduced tissue adaptations to prevailing loads potentially predisposing them to future injury."
NSAID use delays fracture healing and also delays "healing of acute ligament, muscle and tendon injuries." They prevent bones, muscles, tendon and ligaments from thickening and becoming stronger.
Athletes taking NSAIDs during competition are at increased risk for bleeding into their kidneys, and for intestinal bacteria to enter their bloodstreams.
Warden, S. Prophylactic misuse and recommended use on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by athletes, August 2009 (Vol 43, No 8) British Journal of Sports Medicine, pp. 548-549.
WHAT IS THE TAKE HOME MESSAGE OF THIS STUDY?
1. HAVE YOUR INJURIES PROPERLY TREATED!
2. MAKE SURE YOU ARE FULLY RECOVERED BEFORE RETURNING TO SPORTS PLAY!
3. FIND A GREAT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH WHO KNOWS TECHNIQUE SO YOU DON'T GET HURT IN THE FIRST PLACE!
4. GET YOUR BODY READY FOR SPORTS PLAY!