Int J Sports Med 1999; 20(2): 98-102
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-971100
Physiology and Biochemistry

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Anti-Inflammatory Doses of Ibuprofen: Effect on Neutrophils and Exercise-Induced Muscle Injury

F. X. Pizza1 , D. Cavender1 , A. Stockard2 , H. Baylies1 , A. Beighle1
  • 1Texas Christian University, Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • 2University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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Publication Date:
08 March 2007 (online)

The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of anti-inflammatory doses of ibuprofen on neutrophils, neutrophil 02- production, and markers of muscle injury. Males (n = 10) performed 2 bouts of one-arm eccentric exercise on opposite arms separated by three weeks. Subjects received 2400 mg·d-1 of ibuprofen or a placebo 5 d befone exercise and during 10 d of recovery. Measurements were maide before the treatments, pre-exercise, at 4 h, and at 1, 2, 3, 4 .and 10 d post-exercise. Circulating neutrophil counts were similar between the treatments at the sampling points. Neutrophili counts were higher (p<0.05) for ibuprofen and were elevated (p<0.05) at 4 h post-exercise relative to pre-exercise in both treatments. Stimulated neutrophil 02- production was lower- for ibuprofen relative to placebo at pre-exercise and was increased (p<0.05) at 4 h and 4 d of both treatments. CK activity at 3 d post-exercise was lower (p < 0.05) for ibuprofen relative to placebo. Isometric strength, soreness, tenderness, and arm angles were similar between the treatments. In conclusion, anti-inflamrmatory doses of ibuprofen reduced CK activity but not the neutrophil response or other indirect markers of muscle injury during recovery from eccentric arm exercise.