Pro Athlete Painkiller Addiction

Players do not want to be labelled "soft" or viewed as letting their team down by not playing because they are hurt or missing games

Professional athlete injuries have a negative impact on not only the short and long-term health of the athlete; but also on their short and long-term job prospects and earning potential. Also, due to the extremely competitive nature of professional sports (and the athletes themselves) – players, coaches, and ownership have a natural tendency to aggressively treat injuries and shorten recovery periods in an effort to get their star players back on the field as soon as possible after an injury. Ironically, this is often not in the best interests of any of these individuals, as rushed recovery times often lead to re-injury and/or professional athlete injuries that become chronic and dramatically shorten careers. By treating professional athlete injuries in this manner, the long term interests of everyone involved actually suffers.

Unfortunately, changing the culture surrounding professional athlete injuries is easier said than done. Players do not want to be labelled "soft" or viewed as letting their team down by sitting out games to properly rehab themselves from injuries. Oftentimes, instead of treating the underlying condition that is causing them pain, they will simply treat the pain itself through the use (and overuse) of painkilling injections and pills in order to get back on the field as soon as possible. This, in turn, causes long term damage that they then treat with larger doses of pain medication for longer periods of time.

Randy Grimes former NFL Tampa Bay Bucanneer is leading by example

In the world of professional sports, former NFL Tampa Bay Bucanneer Randy Grimes has recently been showing many of his peers the way to living a life free of painkillers through his own personal example. As a result of suffering debilitating injuries from his career in the NFL playing professional football, he publicly admitted for years he had been abusing painkillers to cope with his chronic pain. After successfully completing pain medication addiction treatment in Palm Beach, Florida, he has publicly encouraged other professional athletes to follow his example and get help, so they can stop their pain medication abuse too.

Given the culture and work environment of professional sports, one can easily see how professional athlete injuries can cause many athletes to develop addictions to pain medication in an attempt to lengthen their careers. Of course, this kind of strategy for treating professional athlete injuries actually shortens careers due to the long term damage it inflicts on the players. Many of these individuals can wake up to find themselves out of a career, suffering from chronic and painful injuries, and addicted to pain medication.

Each professional sport tends to have certain professional athlete injuries that are more common than others due to the specific nature of the physical activity involved. Listed below are some of these common injuries, broken down by professional sport.

FOOTBALL

  • Knee injuries
  • Anterior, medial, or posterior cruciate ligament (acl/mcl/pcl) tears
  • Meniscus (cartilage) tears
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Ankle strains and sprains
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Labrum (cartilage) injuries
  • Acromioclavicular joint (acj) injuries
  • Concussions
  • Back pain

BASEBALL

  • Shoulder injuries
  • Elbow injuries
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (ucl) tears
  • Knee injuries
  • Anterior, medial, or posterior cruciate ligament (acl/mcl/pcl) tears
  • Meniscus (cartilage) tears
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Ankle strains and sprains

BASKETBALL

  • Ankle strains and sprains
  • Sprained and broken fingers
  • Knee injuries
  • Anterior, medial, or posterior cruciate ligament (acl/mcl/pcl) tears
  • Meniscus (cartilage) tears
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Deep thigh bruising
  • Stress fractures

HOCKEY

  • Concussion
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Shoulder separation
  • Broken collarbones
  • Elbow injuries (particularly bursitis)
  • Wrist fractures
  • Back injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Hip flexor strain
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Knee injuries (particularly mcl sprains)
  • Groin injuries

TENNIS

  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendon or bursa inflammation
  • Leg stress fractures
  • Foot stress fractures
  • Muscle strains

GOLF

  • Golf elbow
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Back pain

 

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Get back the quality of life and level of dignity that is only possible when you or your loved one are no longer addicted to pain medication drugs . . . regardless of whether they were obtained legally or illegally.

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