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RoanokeFan
04-15-2012, 12:11 PM
CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/sports/wide-use-of-painkiller-toradol-before-games-raises-concerns.html?_r=1&ref=football)

Excerpt: "When Mets pitcher R. A. ****ey <a title="NYT report." href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/sports/baseball/painful-loss-for-the-mets-and-****ey.html?_r=1">partly
tore the plantar fascia</a> in his right foot last May, he turned to a treatment
that in recent years has become a go-to elixir for professional baseball and
football players: Toradol, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug.
<p itemprop="articleBody">“It certainly helped, especially in the first months
after the injury,” said ****ey, who received injections in his buttocks before
about 12 starts. “I don’t think it’s a panacea, but it helps you get where you
have to go.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">But some medical experts are concerned about the ways
sports teams are using Toradol because so little is known about its possible
long-term effects on athletes. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">No data are available on the use of the drug by
athletes, so it is unclear how frequently Toradol injections are provided and
for what ailments, and whether players are told of the potential side effects —
all of which has caused tension and a growing awareness among sports medicine
experts. Concerns over its widespread use in baseball compelled at least two
team doctors to stop using it, according to a medical staff member of a major
league team who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to implicate his team.
</p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“It puts those of us who do sports medicine in a tough
position,” said Dr. Jessica F. Butts, a physician focused on family and sports
medicine at Indiana University Health. “The decision to play is a tough one.
There are some things that are black and white, but there are a lot of sports
injuries that are in a gray zone, especially in professional sports and college
sports, where so much is on the line.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Gary Green, the medical director for Major League
Baseball, said discussions about Toradol came up every year and “there’s
certainly differences among physicians about how it’s administered.” But, he
said, “it’s not a controversy, but a difference of opinions.” The drug has “a
good analgesic impact,” he said, and the side effects are well known. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody"><a title="Info." href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000918/">Toradol, a brand
name for ketorolac</a>, is among a family of drugs called nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs. Doctors put it in the same class as ibuprofen (like
Advil) and Aleve (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/diseasesconditionsandhealthtopics/aleve_drug/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier).
But unlike those drugs, Toradol can be injected, as well as taken orally, and
can act more quickly. It is most commonly used in emergency rooms and
post-operation wards to help patients manage short-term inflammation and pain,
but athletes are turning to it to deal with inflammation and pain. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">The use of Toradol, which is made by a number of drug
manufacturers, was at the <a title="NYT report." href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/sports/football/nfl-sued-by-ex-players-over-painkiller-toradol.html">center
of a lawsuit filed in December</a> by a dozen retired N.F.L. players who said
the league and its teams repeatedly and indiscriminately administered the drug
before and during games, thus worsening injuries like concussions. (The league
disputed the claims.) </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">The suit claimed that the use of Toradol was rampant
in the N.F.L., with players lining up in their locker rooms before games to
receive injections, a process the players called a cattle call. According to the
complaint, no warnings were given and there was “no distinguishing between
different medical conditions of the players, and regardless of whether the
player had an injury of any kind.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Scott Rodeo, the associate team physician of the
New York Giants, said that in the National Football League, Toradol “became
prevalent to the point where players expected it and used it prophylactically.”
Some players, he said, “barely think of them as medicine.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Rodeo said Toradol first surfaced in football
locker rooms in the mid-1990s. He said he was aware of the side effects,
including how the drug could lead to increased bleeding, as well as
gastrointestinal damage. There is also an ever-present risk of infection from an
injection. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">But when the drug is given occasionally to young,
healthy players, the risks appear to be low, he said, adding that up to 40
percent of the Giants players received a shot on game days. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Rodeo and other doctors noted the risks associated
with cumulative doses of Toradol, like kidney damage, one reason some doctors
are curtailing its use. Others want to avoid a slippery slope, in which a player
who uses Toradol on game days asks for additional shots after the game or on
practice days. Many sports leagues largely let team physicians decide how and
when to prescribe the drug, which leaves an opportunity for misuse." Read more... </p>

gmen46
04-15-2012, 06:32 PM
Interesting article. Thanks for posting.

Redeyejedi
04-15-2012, 07:06 PM
CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/sports/wide-use-of-painkiller-toradol-before-games-raises-concerns.html?_r=1&ref=football)

Excerpt:* "When Mets pitcher R. A. ****ey <a title="NYT report." href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/sports/baseball/painful-loss-for-the-mets-and-****ey.html?_r=1">partly
tore the plantar fascia</a> in his right foot last May, he turned to a treatment
that in recent years has become a go-to elixir for professional baseball and
football players: Toradol, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug.
<p itemprop="articleBody">“It certainly helped, especially in the first months
after the injury,” said ****ey, who received injections in his buttocks before
about 12 starts. “I don’t think it’s a panacea, but it helps you get where you
have to go.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">But some medical experts are concerned about the ways
sports teams are using Toradol because so little is known about its possible
long-term effects on athletes. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">No data are available on the use of the drug by
athletes, so it is unclear how frequently Toradol injections are provided and
for what ailments, and whether players are told of the potential side effects —
all of which has caused tension and a growing awareness among sports medicine
experts. Concerns over its widespread use in baseball compelled at least two
team doctors to stop using it, according to a medical staff member of a major
league team who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to implicate his team.
</p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">“It puts those of us who do sports medicine in a tough
position,” said Dr. Jessica F. Butts, a physician focused on family and sports
medicine at Indiana University Health. “The decision to play is a tough one.
There are some things that are black and white, but there are a lot of sports
injuries that are in a gray zone, especially in professional sports and college
sports, where so much is on the line.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Gary Green, the medical director for Major League
Baseball, said discussions about Toradol came up every year and “there’s
certainly differences among physicians about how it’s administered.” But, he
said, “it’s not a controversy, but a difference of opinions.” The drug has “a
good analgesic impact,” he said, and the side effects are well known. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody"><a title="Info." href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000918/">Toradol, a brand
name for ketorolac</a>, is among a family of drugs called nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs. Doctors put it in the same class as ibuprofen (like
Advil) and Aleve (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/diseasesconditionsandhealthtopics/aleve_drug/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier).
But unlike those drugs, Toradol can be injected, as well as taken orally, and
can act more quickly. It is most commonly used in emergency rooms and
post-operation wards to help patients manage short-term inflammation and pain,
but athletes are turning to it to deal with inflammation and pain. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">The use of Toradol, which is made by a number of drug
manufacturers, was at the <a title="NYT report." href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/sports/football/nfl-sued-by-ex-players-over-painkiller-toradol.html">center
of a lawsuit filed in December</a> by a dozen retired N.F.L. players who said
the league and its teams repeatedly and indiscriminately administered the drug
before and during games, thus worsening injuries like concussions. (The league
disputed the claims.) </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">The suit claimed that the use of Toradol was rampant
in the N.F.L., with players lining up in their locker rooms before games to
receive injections, a process the players called a cattle call. According to the
complaint, no warnings were given and there was “no distinguishing between
different medical conditions of the players, and regardless of whether the
player had an injury of any kind.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Scott Rodeo, the associate team physician of the
New York Giants, said that in the National Football League, Toradol “became
prevalent to the point where players expected it and used it prophylactically.”
Some players, he said, “barely think of them as medicine.” </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Rodeo said Toradol first surfaced in football
locker rooms in the mid-1990s. He said he was aware of the side effects,
including how the drug could lead to increased bleeding, as well as
gastrointestinal damage. There is also an ever-present risk of infection from an
injection. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">But when the drug is given occasionally to young,
healthy players, the risks appear to be low, he said, adding that up to 40
percent of the Giants players received a shot on game days. </p>
<p itemprop="articleBody">Dr. Rodeo and other doctors noted the risks associated
with cumulative doses of Toradol, like kidney damage, one reason some doctors
are curtailing its use. Others want to avoid a slippery slope, in which a player
who uses Toradol on game days asks for additional shots after the game or on
practice days. Many sports leagues largely let team physicians decide how and
when to prescribe the drug, which leaves an opportunity for misuse."* Read more... </p>
Im sure the troubles with Ryan Leaf started in a training room getting Pain meds.

AceOspadZ4
04-16-2012, 04:04 AM
Real Sports did a great show about toradol. Very very common in locker rooms