Date of Award


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Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Jane Gervasio


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common medications used by the general population due their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These are especially popular in athletes since they are not prohibited in many rules of athletic competition. Over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs comprise several drugs that may be purchased without a prescription. These are often over-utilized by the general population due to their accessibility and relatively low cost. The unsuspecting victims are the children, especially adolescent athletes, who deem OTC NSAIDs safe without realizing the potential adverse effects of inappropriate consumption of these medications. This article reviews the approved indications and side effects of NSAIDs as well as the literature that reveals the overuse and potential complications of NSAIDs in adolescents with recommendations to minimize injury.