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Are you ADAPTING or OPTIMIZING?
Great example of that concept here. -------------------------------------------------- Awesome stuff as always @dr.eddiejo -
Chronic use of over the counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen has been a topic of controversy in sports medicine and training. Many have resorted to mild to high dose NSAIDs regimens while in training as a means to facilitate muscle recovery regardless of the absence of any chronic inflammatory conditions. Recent scientific literature along with some basic physiology suggests, in opposition, that anti-inflammatory drugs (or perhaps even non-pharmacological agents) may not promote actual muscle tissue recovery and even blunt muscular adaptations to training. For instance in a recent study as presented here, young healthy adults who underwent a high dosage ibuprofen regimen during 8 weeks of resistance training experienced attenuated muscular adaptations in strength and hypertrophy compared to a control. There are two possible explanations (at least for now). 1. NSAIDs have shown to inhibit key signaling mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy, and 2. Although not fully substantiated, anti-inflammatory agents may inhibit the acute inflammatory response to muscle damage that subsequently signals the regenerative healing process required for actual muscle recovery. This acute inflammatory phase following heavy, muscle damaging exercise is linked to temporary pain/soreness, and therefore NSAIDs may be used to mitigate these effects. However, the question is whether this strategy actually promotes muscle tissue recovery or simply the perception of recovery, i.e. pain management. I speculate the latter being the case more so than the former since this acute inflammatory response essentially signals the subsequent processes of muscle tissue healing. In the absence of chronic inflammation, those engaged in resistance training should not resort to NSAIDs to facilitate muscle recovery as it may inhibit growth signals and processes of tissue repair. Just rest.