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    CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS

    CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS

    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.
    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>
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    Re: CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS

    Interesting article. Thanks for posting.

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    Re: CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS

    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.
    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>
    [/quote]Im sure the troubles with Ryan Leaf started in a training room getting Pain meds.

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    Re: CONCERN RAISED OVER PAINKILLER'S USE IN SPORTS

    Real Sports did a great show about toradol. Very very common in locker rooms

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