According to medpagetoday.com, a group of German researchers have completed a study supporting the fact that NSAIDs may not have any benefits for muscles that are sore from strenuous exercise. The researchers gathered a group of 64 healthy individuals to conduct their experiment. These individuals walked down stairs for about 300-400 vertical meters, which is comparative to walking down every stair from the top of a 100- story building.
24 participants were randomly picked to consume 100mg of ketoprofen, a potent form of NSAID, orally two times per day. The other 40 either took a placebo or 200 mg of oral celecoxib twice daily for a week. They began their consumption 12 hours after completing the strenuous stair workout.
Participants were asked to report overall leg muscle pain several times during the week after exercise. In the ketoprofen study, results never had participants reporting less pain at any point. The celecoxib study found that it was somewhat effective in reducing pain in the calves, but for the most part the scores for pain relief were about the same as those taking the placebo.
The study involved exercise that caused muscle soreness, but volunteers who were given ketoprofen actually indicated that it inhibited their recovery process. The volunteers said their level of pain, over the one week time period, had increased with the first dose of ketoprofen.
Matthias Rother, MD, PhD, a member of the research team at the International Medical Research in Germany, said that findings reveal “that the inflammatory reaction following muscle injury is essential for recovery.” Researchers concluded, “Since the effect of celecoxib…was only modest. Usage of NSAIDs for the treatment of exercise induced muscle soreness cannot be supported.”
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