[CHART] When should rugby players use ibuprofen?

If you've ever wondered, when should you use ibuprofen? This graphic is for you! Please consider it in consultation with your physician and implement at your own risk. 

Our piece earlier this week went into great detail re: the risks associated with the prolonged use of NSAIDs. Check it out for some good background info on the topic of ibuprofen use in the rugby community and the effects of NSAID. It includes an analysis of the biochemistry behind COX inhibitors.

Today, we're going to keep it super-brief. So brief in fact, that we can explain the whole concept in a simple infographic. 

These recommendations are based on the work of Dr Stuart J Warden who works in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University. His seminal work Prophylactic misuse and recommended use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by athletes (source) was originally published almost 10 years ago. Yet it seems even in that time that the chronic misuse of ibuprofen by rugby players has continued. With a little luck, this graphic will get around the traps and we can all use it to make better decisions about the way we use over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. 

rugby ibuprofen use chart


  • Photo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NGS3a4TEKs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mcuIc5O-DE
  • http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/taking-ibuprofen-could-increase-your-11954324
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/22/health/aches-and-pains-you-took-a-pill-you-still-hurt-here-s-why.html
  • https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/for-athletes-risks-from-ibuprofen-use/
  • http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2010/11/30/3076280.htm
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21081799?dopt=Abstract
  • http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/43/8/548.full
  • https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/can-pain-pills-kill-your-bodybuilding-gains.html
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcom/

[CHART] When should rugby players use ibuprofen?

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