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The Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Nsaids) In the Xvth Pan-American Games - Rio de Janeiro 2007
  1. Eduardo Ramos Da Silva1,*,
  2. Eduardo Henrique De Rose2,
  3. Jorge Pinto Ribeiro3,
  4. Lisiane Borges Rocha Sampedro4,
  5. Daniel Victorino Devos4,
  6. Alexandre Ortiz Ferreira4,
  7. Luiz Fernando Martins Kruel4
  1. 1 Laboratório do Movimento Humano, University of Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil;
  2. 2 Medical Committee of the Pan-American Sports Organization, Brazil;
  3. 3 Laboratório de Fisiopatologia do Exercício, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil;
  4. 4 Grupo de Pesquisa em Atividades Aquáticas e Terrestres (GPAT), Porto Alegre, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to: EDUARDO RAMOS DA SILVA, CENTRO DE CIÊNCIAS DA SAÚDE, UNIVERSIDADE DE CAXIAS DO SUL, LEOPOLDO BIER ST, 461/1804, PORTO ALEGRE, 90620-100, Brazil; edurramos{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Background: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are frequently used in sports medicine to reduce time of incapacity.

Objective: To describe the frequency of NSAIDS use by athletes in the XVth Pan-American Games.

Methods: All athletes who were tested by the anti-doping control filled a form. The voluntarily declared medications were recorded and categorized according to sport modality, gender, region, and control situation according to the World Anti-doping Agency.

Results: Among the 1,261 athletes tested (231 out competition and 1030 in competition; 733 men and 528 women), 63 % reported use of drugs, NSAIDS being the most frequently (64 % of users) used medications. The use of medications was not significantly difference between genders or among different regions of the world. The number of users of only 1 type of NSAID was higher than those who used more than one type of NSAIDS or a combination with analgesics (335 cases vs. 168 cases). In competition reports presented higher use of NSAIDS than out competition.

Conclusion: Athletes tested by the anti-doping control of the XVth Pan-American Games reported a high frequency of NSAIDS use. The frequent utilization in competition suggests that these medications might be used as ergogenic aid.

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