29 Mar '16, 2am

See the best pill to take for your soreness, and do it safely.

See the best pill to take for your soreness, and do it safely.

It's hard to pinpoint what percentage of runners regularly take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs), but in 2006, David Nieman, Ph.D., of the Human Performance Lab at Appalachian State University, found that 70 percent of Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run participants took a drugstore painkiller before the event. Likewise, a 2011 study of Ironman triathletes found that nearly 60 percent had taken an anti-inflammatory in the three months leading up to the race. "The usage we see in competitive athletes trickles down to recreational athletes," says Bill McOarberg, M.D., founder of the Ohronic Pain Management Program at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California. Runners who pop NSAIDs before a distance event hoping to boost their pain tolerance are making a big mistake, Nieman says. In another 2006 study, he gave ibuprofen (600 mg and 1,200 mg the day before...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/the-right-pills-to-pop...

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