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THE JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
A Journal on Applied Physiology, Biomechanics, Preventive Medicine,
Sports Medicine and Traumatology, Sports Psychology
Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Original articles PHARMACOLOGY
The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2005 December;45(4):604-7
Use of acetaminophen in young subelite athletes
Garcin M. 1, Mille-Hamard L. 1, Billat V. 2, Imbenotte M. 3, Humbert L. 4, Lhermitte Z. 3, 4
1 Laboratory of Study of Human Motricity EA 3608 Faculty of Sports Sciences University of Lille 2, Ronchin, France
2 University of Evry Val d’Essonne, Evry, France
3 Laboratory of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences University of Lille 2, Lille, France
4 Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Lille, France
Aim. The purpose of the present investigation was to look for other drugs besides doping substances in the urine of subelite athletes submitted to heavy training.
Methods. One hundred and forty-one young subelite athletes (in sprint, cycling, middle distance running and handball) were included in the study, with a control group of 89 high school pupils. Drugs were researched by high performance liquid chromatography using a diode array detector.
Results. Among the 212 subjects who agreed to give a urine sample, acetaminophen was detected: 9.5% for the subelite athletes versus 1.3% for the control group with a greater difference for sprint and cycling training (26.7% and 20%, respectively). Acetaminophen is used to treat both acute and chronic pains. It relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold.
Conclusion. The use of acetaminophen has to be taken into account by medical staff, trainers and educators.