Training Tip of the Day: Skip Pre-Workout Meds

NATA president Jim Thornton on the problem with pain killers

"When recovering from a recent sprain or strain, resist the temptation to take pain meds before a workout. This will only mask the pain and put you at risk for further injury. If you’re still hurting before, during and after a workout, you’re doing too much. Go back to some resistance exercises so your muscles don’t atrophy while you recover, and only medicate after a workout or during off-periods. You’ll know you’re on your way to peak performance when you only experience temporary post-workout pain." 

Jim Thornton is the president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, has his MA in sports medicine, is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and has worked directly training athletes for more than 18 years.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski