We praise athletes, at every level, for their ability to compete, to dazzle, to perform under pressure, to inspire and — maybe most importantly — to win.
And when they fall down, when they tear, break or injure themselves, they promise to pick themselves back up, come back stronger than ever and carry their team to victory — thus solidifying their seemingly superhuman performance.
But what goes into recovery? How do athletes get better? And then how do they stay healthy?
Often, recovery — and general pain management in sports — involves medication.