Using Drugs as Prophylactics

During my years of public school, and specifically during middle school and high school, I played highly competitive sports; running as a track athlete in state and national meets, endurance training and running all across New York, as well as playing on a US Soccer team in the Netherlands and playing against college and professional Soccer teams in the US. Through all of that, I cannot recall ever even considering to use drugs as a go-to means of assisting my performance, or preventing something that might not even occur. I recall hopping into a bucket of ice for a few minutes, occasionally rubbing icy hot on some of my burning muscles prior to sleeping, and I remember guzzling liter after liter of water, but not once did it ever occur to me to subject myself to the use of a drug, a man-madeĀ  medical creation intended for prescription use, as a means to prevent a feeling of pain, (to some extent any feeling in a given muscle at all) or to avoid hindering my performance. New York Times’ writer’s Ken Belson and Mary Pilon discuss the evolving cases of current NFL teams with their partial prophylactic use of anti-inflammatories, specifically Toradol, in the recently published article “Concern Raised Over Painkiller’s Use in Sports.” Of course this is not the first time we are seeing concern of drug-use in Sports, though I find this article especially intriguing while highlighting this over-arching phenomenon that so many (foremost) westerners hastily look to medicine for an answer to their health-related problems, or in some cases potential problems, prior to the consideration of any other form of assistance. Belson and Pilon make a critical point in abstracting the concern yielded by medical professionals on the “how” anti-inflammatories are being used among professional athletes. Often do people neglect use of their own intuition, or intelligence, et cetera, and habitually, without even taking a slight glimpse at their own actions, ask for or accept (medical) assistance.

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