Football players high abusers of painkillers

A FIFA-funded study on the use of medications during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa found 71.7% of all players took some form of medication during the tournament with 60.3% taking a painkiller at least once.

 More than a third (39%) took a painkiller before every game.

 Nearly half of all players (48.2%), regardless of whether they participated in a match, took some sort of medication and more than a third (34.6%) were prescribed at least one NSAID before a game.

 This is despite evidence that prolonged use of NSAIDs can