According to Dan Michaels, DPM, "The link between drugs and sports runs deep! Drugs and sports have been connected for about as long as sports have been played. This includes the whole array of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, both prescribed by doctors and available over the counter."
"One of the concerns I’ve always had, especially at the elite and professional level, is that the physical and mental demands of sports all too often are extreme. This often leads to the use of pain meds and anti-inflammatories, even in younger athletes, to survive. This “routine use” is alarming! The acetaminophens and ibuprofens are too often overused to keep these young athletes “in the game.”