Gymnasts suffer many aches and pains, which we all know is part of being a gymnast. My dd practiced 5 days per week, or 20 hours. I was giving my daughter 2 ibuprofen tablets (200 mg) before practice and 2 afterwards to alleviate her pain. These were not due to injuries, just muscle aches, so coaches did not allow her to back off for awhile. Most of it was back pain, especially during backwards tumbling on beam. On days that I forgot to give the pain relievers to her, she was miserable. I think all the aches were due to improper conditioning, as most of the girls on her team also suffered from back pain as well. My question is, does anyone else think that giving an 80 pound child 800 mg of ibuprofen a day is excessive besides me and our pediatrician? I've heard that some gymnasts take up to 8 tablets a day. How much is too much?
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