President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen are commonly used to reduce pain and soreness from mild sports injuries.
It’s okay for young athletes to occasionally use these medications for sports related aches and soreness
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you must have the medication in order to be able to play, you should seek medical care
Never use a narcotic pain medication in order to help you take the field
Several factors cause athletes of all levels to continue to play through pain: the warrior mentality, shame from showing weakness and letting others down, pressure from teammates and coaches, and the threat, imagined or real, of lost playing time…