SCS Home Study Course: Chapter 12

Pharmacology in Sports Physical Therapy


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Robert C. Manske, DPT, PT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Clinic Director - Physiotherapy Associates, Wichita, KS


LaDonna S. Hale, PharmD

Professor, Department of Physician Assistant

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS



1.   Discuss key pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic concepts related to medication usage.

2.   Discuss pharmacological treatment of pain/inflammation, asthma and exercise-induced bronchospasm, and infectious dermatological

      conditions in the younger, healthy athlete.

3.   Discuss the drug action and common side effects of aspirin, non-acetylated salicylates, first-generation NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors,

      acetaminophen, opioid analgesics, inhaled corticosteroids, and inhaled bronchodilators.



I.    Introduction

II.  Pharmacology

      a. Pharmacokinetics

     b. Pharmacodynamics

III. Medications Commonly Used in Athletes

      a. Injury with inflammation

     b.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

     c.  Injury with pain

         1. Acetaminophen

         2. Opioid analgesics

     d.  Asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction

IV.   Dermatological Infections in the Athlete

      a. Dermatological conditions in the athlete (Fungal infections)

      b. Dermatological conditions in the athlete (Bacterial infections)

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