Once one understands what goes into playing the game at a professional level, one fails to be shocked that many players end up on drugs. The real shock is in discovering any players who have not succumbed. Persecuting athletes is not only uncalled for, but ultimately, unproductive.
If we really want to do something about sports-related drug addiction, we must start by gaining a better understanding of why it happens in the first place:
At some point, all professional athletes experience real pain. But even real pain can be tolerated in short bursts. What’s worse is chronic pain: the kind that doesn’t go away with 800 mg of Ibuprofen. No one, not even athletes, can ignore chronic pain as if it weren’t there. The amount of pain they’re in all the time is on a scale far greater than the one by which your daily experience is informed.
The folks over at NERDFL calculated that getting hit by an NFL linebacker is the equivalent of getting hit by a 150cc motorcycle. Now, think about getting hit by two of them at the same time, with your back turned to them. Ironically, it is no picnic for the linebacker, either.Read more... Join the Conversation...