|Avoid excessive NSAID use.|
(8-18) You couldn’t be a lifelong runner without at least occasional muscle aches, joint pains, and lower-back stiffness. All of which bring us directly to the use of NSAIDS--Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac, among others.
A recent paper in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice found that 70.9 percent of runners used NSAIDS, primarily for its expected anti-inflammatory effect (a reason named by 88 percent of users) and for pain relief (named by 40 percent of respondents).
But should runners use NSAIDS for these and other reasons? Most physicians and sports medicine experts agree that