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Forget steroids and energy drinks, athletes are using new ways to win the competitions. Olympian Daniel Awde told the BBC that athletes take ibuprofen ‘for breakfast, lunch and dinner’. And with good reason.
According to research, paracetamol helps atheletes run faster.The research was done in Spain where scientists showed how small doses of paracetamol can strengthen a person despite its pain relieving ability.
Paracetamol, ibuprofen and other painkillers help professional athletes perform better as it lowers their pain thresholds. Another review shows just how drugs change brain stucture which normally tell people they are exercising too hard.Darias Holgado, who was the lead author on the University of Granada research, said: ‘It could be that paracetamol might reduce the thermal stress experienced during exercise, and hence it may increase exercise capacity in hot conditions where body temperature plays an important role.
‘Paracetamol might also reduce the brain output required to recruit the locomotor muscles for a given exercise intensity, lowering the perception of effort and making exercise feel easier — or for allowing more muscle-force production for the same level of perceived exertion.’