For many athletes, pain is an inherent pitfall associated with sports participation. While exertion-related, generalized soreness is a common, self-resolving, and expected result, persistent and localized pain can be an indicator of a more serious underlying injury. Ignoring or masking such signs, which potentially can occur when self-medicating with over-the-counter analgesics, can delay proper diagnosis, lead to worsening of the underlying condition, and ultimately postpone an athlete's return to play. Sports medicine physicians and team members can play a vital role in assessing ...

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