When it comes to being sick or hurt, the average American will typically call into their job and take a sick day. Then, the next step typically is to seek medical assistance and try and cure the issue at hand. Remember, this is just for the average American. But what do NFL football players do? Some, resort to taking Toradol, the drug of choice for NFL football players.
Modern Day Gladiators
NFL football players live their careers in the spotlight, showcasing their athletic skills and stamina. When they encounter and injury, logical thought leans towards rest and proper medical care. There is a problem with that train of thought though. If they cannot play for, let’s say Sunday night football, who takes their spot? Does this risk potential Super Bowl glory?
There is too many risk factors in taking out key players from NFL games, so the players do not get the luxury of resting when they are in fact hurt. This leaves one to question, then, how do they do it? How do the players simply sprint out onto the field and give their all for the millions of fans watching, rooting on their favorite player and team? The answer is Toradol.
What is Toradol?
Toradol (generic name ketorolac) is considered to be an anti-inflammatory and is non-steroidal. When describing the effects of this drug, it is compared to a stronger version of Aleve, and is also faster-acting. It is administered either via pill or as a shot in the rear end, and it is basically utilized as a quick, temporary fix for the player to be able to perform on game day.
The problem with this is, the athletes, in theory, run risks of further damage to an existing problem. If there is more damage taken by an already weakened knee, for example, the knee will eventually blow out. This results in surgery and the unavoidable time missed for the season. Even if there isn’t more damage done, the damage is still not getting the treatment and attention that is needed to heal, prolonging the time the injury is problematic.
Since it was first used, the NFL has somewhat decreased the use of Toradol. That being said, if it is crunch time and a much needed player is out because of an injury, Toradol comes in to save the game. This has been supported by the anonymous confessions of 50 current players in the NFL. The players rank from low level rookies to the seasoned vets, just to cover a few. All 50 players spoke honestly about the literal carnage they have played through. Broken finger during the game? Swallow this pill. What is it? Toradol, now take it. Your knee can’t support your weight? Have a couple of your teammates help you into the locker room, pull your pants down, and you will fill a little pinch. What is it you ask? Oh it’s Toradol, and now try and stand up.
Anonymous Confessions of the NFL
When you start to breakdown the 50 confessors into smaller groups, the thought process that drives these trained athletes makes you wonder certain things.
One question might be why would about 40 of these players only be minorly concerned about how their body is reacting, long term, to the damage of playing through the pain? There is a difference between living in the moment, and destroying the human body by ignoring natural instincts that tell these players to rest. Ignoring these very instincts could cause very permanent damage, killing their career indefinitely.
Another question might be, why would 23 players apparently be alright with taking Toradol for years? These players condition their bodies to be in prime condition to play football. Theoretically , wouldn’t long term use of a drug designed to mask pain eventually cause a complete breakdown of the player’s body?
The biggest question, and warning sign, is all 50 players feel that taking Toradol on game day is the smartest choice. The inflammation from the damage accrued while playing the game is nil, only to show up on the following day.
When surveyed, individual answers told a more frustrating story.
For instance, one AFC player is actually “gravely concerned” about the damage his body is taking now, and how it will manifest later in life. Toradol has been said to possibly lead to more instances of concussion in NFL players, hence the fact that the drug has properties that may thin the blood. The money is what outweighs the conscious thought of his health.
Waivers are now being used in regards to Toradol administration. Younger players apply their signature, stating they just won’t take it. In regards to the veterans of football, they are left in a panic because their bodies are accustomed to taking Toradol to get through. Nonetheless, game time, field time, zero down time are all reoccurring thoughts that drive these players to continue to take Toradol. They all know that if they don’t play, the chances that their career is over increases.
What other options are available?
Some teams have deviated from the use of Toradol, choosing to pass out scripts of high dose ibuprofen to its players. The problem with this lies in the fact that the dose is so high, the players must submit to regular tests on their kidneys and liver. Opioid based pain killers, such as Vicodin or OxyContin, is also starting to increase so that the players can steer away from the usage of Toradol. But use of opioid painkillers are very dangerous, can lead to addiction and can even lead to heroin.
The opioid crisis then becomes an internal issue for the NFL. The pain killers are around the locker room, making them easier to acquire. The players that do not receive scripts eventually purchase them from those who do, ultimately giving way to opioid addiction. This leads to teammates sniffing out those who have had surgery recently, contacting them to purchase their extra pills or entire scripts.
For the love of the game?
So, for the love money, not the love the game, these fine tuned athletes risk everything for fame. Their bodies, as well as their future mental states, are all compromised through using Toradol so that they don’t lose their career.
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