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Prophylactic abuse and recommended use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by athletes
  1. Stuart J Warden (stwarden{at}
  1. Indiana University, United States


    Superstitions and rituals are commonplace in sports, and range from simple activities such as each player touching a special inanimate object before entering the field of play to more extreme behaviors such as not washing a uniform or wearing the same underwear during a winning streak. These practices are relatively harmless and may reduce pre-competition anxiety, but a concerning ritual that has recently developed in sports is the prophylactic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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