RUGBY League stars
Earlier this year Rugby Football League president Tony Adams warned that stars of the 13-man code are becoming “increasingly addicted to prescription painkillers”.
And with St Helens and Salford set to go head-to-head in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford this weekend, new research could offer hope to players in high-impact sports struggling with pain and injuries.
Former Arsenal and England football star Adams, who set up his Sporting Chance clinic after a personal battle with addiction in the 1980s and 1990s, highlighted the problem in rugby league earlier this year.
He said: “They’re making tackle after tackle after tackle and it hurts.
“So they’re getting painkillers like Tramadol from the doctor, prescribed drugs, and then getting a load off the internet as well to go out there and do it again and again.
“All of a sudden you get addicted and it becomes a vicious cycle.”
Former Bradford and Warrington forward Rob Parker has also spoken about his experience with Tramadol following a catalogue of injuries.