Don’t race on ibuprofen

A physician’s review of a recent study in the Brittish Medical Journal reveals that popping an ibuprofen before a big race is not necessarily a great idea


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A study on ibuprofen use in marathon runners shows that it is associated with adverse effects and does not offer any benefits.

Have you ever taken ibuprofen, or anything similar, before a race? If so, you are not alone, and I have to admit…

Ibuprofen and similar substances such as diclofenac are from the family of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID. They are analgesic and anti-inflammatory, and as they can be obtained without prescription, they are very popular between endurance athletes.

Michael Kuster and his colleagues have just published a study in BMJ Open about the adverse effects of taking such analgesics before a marathon. They had given a questionnaire to all the participants of the 2010 Bonn marathon and half marathon, asking them about drugs taken before the race and about any adverse effects suffered during or after the race. 3913 runners returned the questionnaire, of who…

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I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Certified Pilates instructor, and runner with celiac disease. I am passionate about educating people on running, pilates, and women’s health topics. I am trained in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as pre and post partum impairments. In my free time I can be found anywhere outside. I enjoy training for races with friends, cooking gluten free meals, and traveling with my husband. My goal is to share information with you in a lighthearted and enjoyable forum. I am always contributing fun and interesting posts on my blog. Feel free to check it out @
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