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Soccer Players And Painkillers

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Human Needs

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Human Needs

Soccer's governing body says many players are putting their health at risk by taking painkillers before games.

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FIFA says almost 40 percent of players at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa were using painkillers before every match.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with BBC Science correspondent Matt McGrath about the use of painkillers in soccer and other sports.