Many athletes take NSAIDs with the belief that it will reduce inflammation and muscle soreness, when in reality there has not been one credible study to support these claims. In fact, multiple studies have shown that the opposite is true. Published in 2008, a study from Canada
garnered the conclusion that high doses of Ibuprofen have actually been shown to inhibit muscle protein synthesis after strength training. Other studies have come up with the same results. NSAIDs have also repeatedly been shown
to do nothing to prevent muscle soreness. After weeks of studies conducted on individuals, there was no detectable therapeutic benefits gained from ingesting Ibuprofen after repeated strength training sessions. It also failed to have any positive effect on muscle stiffness, relaxation of arm angles, and muscle swelling.
|Damn, the Ibuprofen hasn’t kicked in yet!
While some may think that Ibuprofen can reduce inflammation, it has been shown that it has no effect on perceived soreness. In fact, it has been associated with elevated
levels of inflammation and cell damage. Ibuprofen takers have also been show to have higher plasma levels of markers and macrophage inflammatory proteins for muscle damage.
On top of all of this, there is the havoc that it wreaks on the liver and stomach. I remember my former boss telling me that his doctor recommended he take two Ibuprofen every day for heart health, then 15 years later he learned that he had multiple massive kidney stones. So, as much as I want to say “ask your doctor”, it’s a crap shoot.
NSAIDs cause 3 times as many cases of liver failure as all other drugs combined, and is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States (war on drugs, anyone?). Taking even small doses of Ibuprofen with trace amounts of alcohol can cause irreversible liver failure. This might be a good time to stop taking NSAIDs to nurse your hangover.
There is a huge difference between muscle soreness and actual pain. As successful athletes, it is up to you to learn the difference with your own bodies. NSAIDs are a serious drug that should not be ingested like chunks of delicious jerky. Every drug has a cost-to-benefit ratio, and the cost of Ibuprofen simply outweigh the benefits far too much. If you are having problems with soreness, try working on your recovery
, taking more fish, and stop being such a pussy.
Soreness means you are doing something right.