Pain is often synonymous with most sports, especially team sports. Any activity that requires vigorous and energetic movements to execute attracts the risk of injury, and injuries are habitually accompanied by pain.
For a lot of athletes, pain is something to conceal, a show of weakness that they cannot afford to show, which is why a lot of athletes feel pressured to keep playing their sport of choice even when they are struggling with pain.
When the issue of pain in sports arises, the one thing most people want to know is whether there is a place for painkillers in sports. More importantly, what happens when you are injured during a game and need to go on? Should you use painkillers to keep playing?
Painkillers are available in different types. There are over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and their injectable counterparts, this along with prescription narcotics.
For the most part, painkillers are permissible in sports, especially during training seasons. Athletes are encouraged to take time off to relax their sore muscles, invest in a massage or two and possibly even combat any persistent aches with painkillers.
There is nothing to stop you from using painkillers to dull aches once you leave the field so long as you have ensured that there are no real injuries in play.
Issues arise when people get seriously injured during games and choose to keep playing regardless, using painkillers to keep the pain at bay in the process. To such scenarios, all competent medical experts have the same opinion: if you need painkillers to keep playing your sport of choice, then you should stop playing.
Anytime you find that you cannot play or even train without first consuming drugs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen, then you have a problem that requires medical attention.
Otherwise, you run the risk of making a serious injury much worse. Painkillers not only mask pain, they also make people unwilling to seek medical assistance for potential injuries and illnesses. And this isn’t even taking into account the risk of liver and kidney problems resulting from the prolonged use of painkillers.
The issue of addiction is also worth noting. Narcotic painkillers are very easy to come by. Not only are they very effective at the dulling of pain but they are very addictive. Athletes that start out fighting the occasional bout of soreness are eventually unable to take to the field and play their sport without a high delivered by narcotic painkillers.
There is no excuse for using painkillers to continue playing sports, not unless you want to permanently destroy your body.