n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and nutritional supplements in Zimbabwean football : original research
|Article Title||Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and nutritional supplements in Zimbabwean football : original research|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 University of Zimbabwe and 2 University of Zimbabwe|
|Publication Date||Mar 2015|
|Pages||20 - 22|
Background. The use of medications by football players in many populations is known to be high. Data on African players are scarce.
Objective. To determine the magnitude of use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and nutritional supplements by Zimbabwean football players.
Methods. We conducted a cross-sectional study during the 2011/2012 Premier Soccer League football season. A total of 86 players responded to a self-administered questionnaire that assessed self-reported use of NSAIDs and nutritional supplements.
Results. All the participants admitted to taking NSAIDs, with 44% self-prescribing. Nutritional supplements were taken by 56% of the respondents. Of these, 21% took them on a daily basis and 40% did so without professional advice.
Conclusion. Regular, self-prescribed use of NSAIDs and nutritional supplements is high among Zimbabwean football players.
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