Navigation Links
Retired NFL players misuse painkillers more than general population
Date:1/27/2011

concussions that were not diagnosed. Some players believed they may have had up to 200 concussions during their playing days.

"Many of these players explained that they didn't want to see a physician about their concussions at the time," says Simone M. Cummings, PhD, a senior scientist in psychiatry who conducted phone interviews with the former players. "These men said they knew if they reported a concussion, they might not be allowed to play. And if you get taken out of a game too many times, you can lose your spot and get cut from the team."

She says players with suspected-but-undiagnosed concussions reported they borrowed pills from teammates, friends or relatives to treat the pain themselves, thus misusing opioids in an attempt to remain in the NFL. Although 37 percent of the retired players reported that they had received opioids only from a doctor, the other 63 percent who took the drugs during their NFL careers admitted that on occasion they got the medication from someone other than a physician.

Retired players currently misusing opioid drugs also are more likely to be heavy drinkers, according to Cottler.

"So these men are at elevated risk for potential overdose," she says. "They reported more than 14 drinks a week, and many were consuming at least 20 drinks per week, or the equivalent of about a fifth of liquor."

The ESPN sports television network commissioned the study, which also was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The ESPN program "Outside the Lines" spoke informally to many retired players about their use of painkillers. One reported taking up to 1,000 Vicodin tablets per month. Another reported ingesting 100 pills per day and spending more than $1,000 per week on painkillers.

Former St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Kyle Turley said in a statement to ESPN that he knew of many players who took drugs to help them deal with the pain inflicted by the injuries they sustained in the NFL
'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related medicine news :

1. Retired Military Brass Support First Ladys Call to Reduce Child Obesity, Improve Nutrition
2. Girl Softball Players Suffering More Shoulder Injuries
3. As Pro Baseball Players Get Bigger, So Do Their Health Risks: Study
4. MatchMySport.com Aims to Reduce Obesity Levels Through Sports Participation by Finding Sports Partners/Players/Teams
5. New study finds 70 percent of able-bodied hockey players have abnormal hip and pelvis MRIs
6. Scans May Be Misleading for Hockey Players
7. Major League Baseball Players Alumni Help Lazarex Cancer Foundation Raise Funds
8. Ankle Braces May Protect Girl Volleyball Players
9. Human Touch Brand Ambassador and PGA Pro Tim Clark Wins First PGA TOUR Victory at PLAYERS Championship
10. Study finds poker players using drugs to enhance performance
11. Poker Players May Use Drugs to Stay Sharp at the Table
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Retired NFL players misuse painkillers more than general population
(Date:4/14/2014)... orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa may provide insight ... behavior issues in other areas of the world, which ... that could lead to successful interventions. , A ... United Nations mentions that due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, ... African, children are at an increased risk for mental ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... A new study shows that moderate to severe ... risk of stroke, cancer and death. , Results of ... to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more ... times more likely to have a stroke (HR = ... (HR = 3.4), and 2.5 times more likely to ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... Dallas study involving serious youth offenders, the answer to one ... seven years: "How long do you think you,ll live?", According ... offending over time., Author Dr. Alex Piquero said the study ... of them offend at very high rates and commit more ... much later in life offend much less., "In a lot ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... with symptoms increasing dramatically during some of the most important ... has found. , Depressive symptoms increased on average by 68 ... young men, who were around 25 years old when they ... their children. The results of the study were published April ... is the first to identify when young fathers are at ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... Lower weight babies and babies who aren,t breastfed ... risk of developing chronic inflammation and related health ... study. , "There were good reasons to hypothesize ... inflammation in adulthood," says Thomas McDade (Northwestern University), ... in the Child & Brain Development program. "It ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Researchers identify children with emotional behavior difficulties 2Health News:Researchers identify children with emotional behavior difficulties 3Health News:Study links severe sleep apnea to increased risk of stroke, cancer and death 2Health News:UT Dallas study: Youth who fail to envision future commit more crimes 2Health News:Young dads at high risk of depression, too 2Health News:Low birth weight, less breastfeeding create later health risks 2
... induce a rapid weight decline, mainly in the first ... regain, despite continued dieting. The partial regain may ... now shows that improvements to health remain even if ... online in Diabetes Care (Print: February 2012) ...
... director of fellowship training in female pelvic medicine and ... Temple, Texas, has received an Honorary Fellowship from the ... Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). He has served as a mentor to ... Australia on a number of occasions for lectures and ...
... Reinberg HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay ... who keep their blood pressure levels under control may add ... fact, those in the study who took medicine to lower ... risk of dying from cardiovascular disease over a 20-year period, ...
... New research from the University of Michigan suggests obesity can ... free market policies. A study of 26 wealthy nations ... restaurants per capita had much higher obesity rates compared to ... capita. "It,s not by chance that countries with ...
... GABLES, FL Approximately 80,000 industrial chemicals are in ... commerce each year in the United States, according to ... risks from exposure to harmful substances, James Englehardt, professor ... Miami, is proposing a new technique that is more ...
... of patients who see an internal medicine specialist before major ... patients to 90 per cent, new research has found. ... commonly agreed upon standards for which patients should have such ... Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael,s Hospital and the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:More reasons to keep this New Year's weight loss resolution uncovered by Ben-Gurion U researchers 2Health News:More reasons to keep this New Year's weight loss resolution uncovered by Ben-Gurion U researchers 3Health News:Scott & White physician recognized by Royal Australian and New Zealand College 2Health News:Treating High Blood Pressure May Add Years to Life 2Health News:Treating High Blood Pressure May Add Years to Life 3Health News:Supersized market economy, supersized belly: Wealthier nations have more fast food and more obesity 2Health News:UM researcher develops new way to assess risk for chemicals 2Health News:Pre-surgery exam rates vary widely among hospitals 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ChinaMarketResearchReports.com adds ... to its store . (Photo: ... of population, consumption upgrade and policy support, ... seen rapid development over the years, with total ... 2006 to 9.85 billion yuan in 2012. ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Jan. 15, 2014 As health officials across ... flu virus, select Meijer pharmacies in Michigan ... and strep throat to eligible patients, enabling Meijer pharmacists ... matching prescriptions, under strict protocol set by a physician ... Grand Rapids, Mich. -based retailer is collaborating with ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Jan. 15, 2014  Celsion Corporation (the "Company") (NASDAQ: ... has received commitments from institutional investors to purchase ... Company,s common stock in an at-the-market registered direct ... The Company entered into definitive purchase ... Company agreed to sell an aggregate of 3,603,603 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Orthopedic Instrument Industry in China Markets Forecast to 2015 2Orthopedic Instrument Industry in China Markets Forecast to 2015 3Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest 2Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest 3Celsion Corporation Announces $15 Million At-The-Market Registered Direct Offering 2Celsion Corporation Announces $15 Million At-The-Market Registered Direct Offering 3
... GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX ... provider General Physics Corporation (GP), announced today that its ... repurchase program, replacing the existing authorization which has approximately ... management, at its discretion, to repurchase shares from time ...
... 27, 2011 Hologic, Inc. (Hologic or the Company) ... and supplier of premium diagnostics, medical imaging systems and ... women, today announced plans to release its fourth quarter ... close. In conjunction with the release, management will host ...
Cached Medicine Technology:GP Strategies Announces $5 Million Share Repurchase Program 2Hologic to Release Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2011 Operating Results on Monday, November 7, 2011 2
The Surgifresh mini has the same rugged construction as the Plume-inator. It is the ideal size for operating room, clinic and office settings. This unit includes a filter test button, hospital grade ...
... for the phakic eye, clinically validated ... of vision and visual acuity comparable ... is compatible with current cataract surgical ... the correction of myopia in whole ...
... VitalVac's advanced technology makes ... to evacuate surgical plume. ... O.R. environment is "smoke-free", ... staff safe from potentially ...
Stryker Instruments, the leader in surgical helmets, offers its 4th generation of personal protection systems for todays surgical environment the Sterishield T4 System....
Medicine Products: