Athletic Performance: Drugs and Ergogenic Aids
Knowledge of all drugs being prescribed for athletes on a team is very important for all members of the sports medicine team. Treatment of medical conditions, infections, pain, and trauma may require use of prescription medications. Many of these medications carry risk of side effects and interactions with other drugs as well as possible risk of dependency. It is important for the sports dentist to realize all of the risks and side effects of drugs prescribed as well as who else on the sports medicine team is a potential prescriber. Athletes may also get medications from friends and team mates or from the street to self- treat their conditions. Athletes also may seek out performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to assist them in achieving optimum performance in this highly competitive environment. This chapter will help the team dentist to be knowledgeable in these matters.
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