Tuesday, June 2, 2009

bye bye Advil... hello ice bath?

Ibuprofen? NO. Below is an excerpt from Kelly Starrett's post on why an athlete should NEVER take ibuprofen...

Ibuprofen has no place in the life of the athlete obsessed with chasing performance.

Taking an anti-inflammatory drug of any kind makes tendons and ligaments weaker, and stops muscles from getting stronger.

Is this clear enough? Yes, we used to call it Vitamin I. Yes, we used to say that RICE should have a second "I" in it (Rest, Ice, Ibuprofen, Compression, Elevation). We used to also do "21's" on back and bi's day too. It's not ok.

Here's the low down. Ibuprofen is an NSAID (Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory-Drug) which is believed to work through the inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX), thus inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandins, are like hormones in that they act as chemical messengers, but do not move to other sites, but work right within the cells where they are synthesized. Prostaglandins are vital mediators of the inflammatory cascade. The swelling and subsequent prostaglandin production signals all of the important cells circulating in your body to come and fix/reinforce the challenged tissues. That's right, all that soreness you feel after Fran is the resultant swelling from all the micro-damage you've done to your muscles. It's this very inflammatory response that is responsible for making you a BETTER ATHLETE. The Worst thing you can do is to go through a horrible workout like Fran and then not reap the resultant gains from the training stimulus.

No good coach should allow their athletes to take ibuprofen at anytime. Even if they are hung over...

Read the full post here.

Thank you Kelly Starrett and Adrian Bozman! I learn something new every time I read the San Francisco CrossFit blog.

Bye bye Advil, we had some good times... hello ice bath.


  1. Thanks for sharing this! Ibuprofen is now banished.

  2. Ice baths... train on the Oregon coast and all you have to do is take a quick dip in the ocean. ;)

  3. That actually sounds refreshing... but it's probably because here in Texas the temp is already in the 90's!