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Ann Phys Rehabil Med. 2010 May;53(4):278-82, 282-8. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2010 Mar 20.

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

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Unité orthopédie et traumatologie du sport, département de chirurgie, hôpitaux universitaires de Genève, 1211 Genève, Switzerland.


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.

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