Article printed in PT in Motion Magazine in September 2017
To help inform Americans about nonprescription solutions for pain relief, Performance Health has partnered with NFL pro and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the company’s “Safer Pain Relief” campaign.
In his 16-year professional career, Brees has racked up accolades including a Super Bowl win and the game’s MVP, 10 Pro Bowl appearances, and Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year.” During this time he also has overcome a series of injuries, such as when he dislocated his throwing shoulder, tearing his labrum in the process. During each recovery, Brees worked closely with Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA, and a team of medical experts.
Brees is joining the “Safer Pain Relief” initiative to speak to the dangers of misusing opioid pain relievers and the opportunity, in many cases, to use alternatives. Under Wilk’s advisement, Brees now incorporates Performance Health products Biofreeze and TheraBand into his injury prevention, training, and pain management routines.
“The way to get away from opioids is to do it using healthy alternatives. A huge part of me feeling great going into my 17th season has been the resources and mentorship of my physical therapists,” says Brees.