Amateur endurance athletes’ use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: a cross-sectional survey

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Objective: To explore amateur endurance athletes’ use and views about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Methods: An online cross-sectional survey of amateur athletes at four athletic clubs.

Key findings: Of a sample of 129 of amateur athletes, 68% (n = 88) reported using NSAIDs in the previous 12 months (84.4% in triathletes, 70.9% in runners and 52.5% in cyclists). Overall, ibuprofen was the most popular drug (n = 48). There was a lack of knowledge of adverse drug reactions, with only 26% of use advised by a doctor or pharmacist.

Conclusions: There is high usage of NSAIDs in amateur athletes, including before and during events, largely without professional health advice. Informational needs of amateur athletes are not being met.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Early online date18 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2018


  • endurance sports, analgesics, adverse drug reactions, patient safety, over-the-counter