A study that has just published 'British Journal of Sport Medicine' reveals that nothing less than 60 percent of football players who participated in the last Soccer World Cup, held in South Africa in 2010, took at least one medication to fight pain, and about 40 percent acknowledged having taken a analgesic before each game.

The author of the study is the medical officer of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Jiri Dvorak, and has warned that these consumption habits could have negative consequences for the health of long-term athletes, such as damage to the liver or kidneys , and cardiovascular disorders.

The work is based on questionnaires that have been completed by those responsible for the medical services of the national teams of each of the countries that participated in the World Cup. The data show that the highest analgesic consumption occurred just before the most important matches - from the fourth to the final match - and that the national teams that abused the most drugs belong to the American continent.

On the eve of the celebration of the Eurocopa, Dvorak warns that in professional soccer there is a growing tendency to increase the consumption of drugs such as analgesics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and attributes this phenomenon to the pressures players receive to join their position as soon as possible after suffering an injury.

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