Scientific article

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for athletes: an update

Published inAnnals of physical and rehabilitation medicine, vol. 53, no. 4, p. 278-282,282-8
Publication date2010

Sports medicine physicians often treat athletes in pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, there is a lack of high-quality evidence to guide NSAID use. Their adverse effects have clinical relevance, and their possible negative consequences on the long-term healing process are slowly becoming more obvious. This article provides some practical management guidelines for the use of NSAIDs, developed to help sports medicine physicians deal with frequent sports-related injuries. We do not recommend their use for muscle injuries, bone fractures (also stress fractures) or chronic tendinopathy. In all cases, if chosen, NSAID treatments should always be kept as short as possible and should take into account the specific type of injury, the level of dysfunction and pain.

  • Administration, Oral
  • Administration, Topical
  • Analgesics, Non-Narcotic/administration & dosage/adverse effects/contraindications/therapeutic use
  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal/administration & dosage/adverse effects/contraindications/therapeutic use
  • Athletes
  • Athletic Injuries/drug therapy
  • Cardiovascular Diseases/chemically induced
  • Drug-Induced Liver Injury/etiology
  • Fractures, Bone/drug therapy/physiopathology
  • Fractures, Stress/drug therapy/physiopathology
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases/chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Kidney Diseases/chemically induced
  • Ligaments/injuries
  • Muscle, Skeletal/injuries
  • Pain/drug therapy/etiology
  • Tendinopathy/drug therapy/physiopathology
Citation (ISO format)
ZILTENER, Jean-Luc, LEAL, Sandra, FOURNIER, P. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for athletes: an update. In: Annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine, 2010, vol. 53, n° 4, p. 278–282,282–8. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2010.03.001
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ISSN of the journal1877-0657

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