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Old 03-23-04, 03:19 PM   #1
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Do you take an aspirin before work outs?

i heard that some people take aspirins before work outs help reduce muscle soreness and aches. it sounds reasonable since it will thin the blood and the pain reliever will reduce and pain you experience.

Do any of you do this?
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Old 03-23-04, 04:50 PM   #2
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Hmmm...actually I never liked doing it. I follow my bodies lead pretty closely and if any pain is masked, that 'could' be an injury waiting to happen. Just my preference...

Besides the pain during and after gives me an indication of how hard I worked and I enjoy that
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Old 03-23-04, 05:35 PM   #3
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I take Aleve for tendonitis in my shoulder, usually before a ride, mostly afterwards.
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Old 03-23-04, 05:56 PM   #4
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I wouldn't get into the habit. If you only take the aspirin occasionally then you probably won't run into problems, however in the long term you will increase the risk of side-effects, such as gastric complaints. Additionally, aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also very good at masking joint pain and delaying joint healing. This can worsen the effects of exercise on joints (particularly damage to articular cartilage surfaces) and promote premature osteoarthritis.

So while I might consider taking aspirin before a big race, I certainly wouldn't take it as a training aid. You would do better with a 'simple' analgesic such as paracetamol (I think the Yanks among us might call it acetaminophen ;-) ) to reduce pain but hopefully have fewer side effects. However I think Maelstrom has the right idea - pain is a good guide to how much you should be working out.

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I've heard that ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) and naproxen (e.g. Aleve) are actually better than aspirin for inflamation and muscle soreness.

I sort of agree with Maelstrom and jonnyweale. I take them occasionally prior to a major ride or race, but in general prefer not to. If I've made myself really sore on a ride, sometimes I'll take some after. But for training, the pain is there for a reason, and dealing with it, riding through it, etc., is part of the training, in my opinion.
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A related item from this weeks RoadBikeRider.com newsletter, mind you they're talking about NSAIDs, which doesn't include aspirin, but does include Aleve (naproxen), if I'm not mistaken.

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Soreness.

The initial long or fast rides of the season are apt to
result in what the sports docs call delayed onset
muscle soreness (DOMS). That's the tenderness you
feel in the 24-48 hours after a strenuous ride.

What do you do about it? Pop 2 or 3 Advil or Tylenol
and hit the road again?

Bad decision! So says Ed Burke, Ph.D., in Optimal
Muscle Performance and Recovery, a book dedicated
to repairing and replenishing muscles for greater cycling
success.

Here's a passage from chapter 4, "What Causes Muscle
Soreness?" To read another excerpt and see the table
contents, click www.roadbikerider.com/omp_page.htm

Causes of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

The first thing you should know is that non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
(Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) do not work on
DOMS, and will actually interfere with muscle
recuperation.

A study published in the American Journal of Physiology
demonstrates this in a striking way. Researchers gave
24 men the recommended doses of ibuprofen,
acetaminophen or a placebo (containing no active
ingredients) on the day following a hardcore weight
workout.

They then measured muscle soreness and skeletal
muscle fractional synthesis rate (SMFSR) -- the
muscle-building response to exercise.

They found that not only did NSAIDs not help with
muscle soreness, they completely halted all SMFSR.

That is, muscles made no gains toward recovery.
While the placebo group increased its SMFSR by 76%,
there was no increase in the NSAID groups. Muscle
building was completely negated by the NSAIDs.
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aspirin is ok but I wouldn't take alot of it especially if you have a lower hematicrit level. The blood thinning and some people take forever to stop bleeding. If you are out training and get into an accident, internal bleeding can be much worse with asprin.

After a ride, maybe asprin is ok. Higher altitude, an asprin can help you cope with the air a bit better too.
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Roadbuzz - Aspirin is an NSAID. Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is generally not considered an NSAID as it has rarely been shown to be anti-inflammatory (there are studies that claim it is, but these are very much a minority).

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I've heard that ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) and naproxen (e.g. Aleve) are actually better than aspirin for inflamation and muscle soreness.
Ibuprofen/motrin has now been shown to markedly increase blood pressure (hypertension) in some people, and to actually be a causative factor in hypertension.
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All NSAIDs, including asprin, reduce blood flow to the kidneys and with regular use will cause kidney damage and sometimes even kidney failure.
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