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12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis

Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 5:46 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Iowa football team is recovering from a major scare today, as 12 members of the team are currently hospitalized. Here's the release from the UI athletic department:

Twelve University of Iowa football student-athletes are recovering after being admitted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Monday evening.

A University of Iowa staff physician and football team physician confirmed Tuesday that the student-athletes were responding well to treatment.

“The student-athletes were admitted throughout the course of Monday evening,” said the UIHC staff physician. “All of the individuals are responding well to treatment as of Tuesday morning. All are in safe and stable condition. At this time we are not sure when any of the individuals will be discharged. Hospital discharge will be on a case by case basis.”

“Coach Kirk Ferentz is out of town recruiting, but he is aware of the situation and is being kept abreast of the progress being made,” said Gary Barta, UI director of athletics. “Our No. 1 concern is the safety of our student-athletes, so we are pleased with the positive feedback. Our next step is to find out what happened so we can avoid this happening in the future.”

Individual medical conditions, or identity of the student athletes, will not be released. The UI expects no further comment at this time.

A source close to the team confirmed to that the malady afflicting the players is a kidney condition brought on after an excessively intense offseason workout. Also, that would corroborate the story of freshman linebacker Jim Poggi, who posted on Facebook that he was hospitalized after his "wizz" (urine) turned brown ($$$ link, sorry), which is a condition that can be caused by overexertion.

Still, as the release mentioned, the players are safe and stable, and we don't expect any worsening of condition or long-term problems to come from this. It's scary, sure, but not a life- or program-changer by any stretch of the imagination.

UPDATE: The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse confirmed on Twitter that the players are suffering from exertional rhabdomyolysis.


Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 2:28 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis


no doubt you consulted Wikipedia yourself in the hopes of finding some sort of error in my statements; when you could not find one, you resorted to what everyone with a little bit of envy and not quite enough brains does in this situation:  attack what (who) you don't understand and bring them to your own level.  Nicely done.  Never seen that before.

If you truly want to show off your intelligence, try something original next time.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:07 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

And the only reason crossfit knows about it is because of the lack of knowledge on behalf of their "trainers" and their idiotic "workouts" - don't pretend that your little cult is actually at the "forefront" of anything except stupidity. 

But what would you expect when you take advice from a gin-swilling-slurring-unkempt-fat-a

l-kee-o-holic like Couch...

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:59 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

And yes, it is misspelled. Rhabdomyolysis. It is greek, just like most everything medical. Rhabdo=rod shaped, myo=muscle, lysis=break apart/down. Or, the break down of rod shaped muscle tissue, which is the shape of skeletal muscle. There is your medical lesson for the day.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:56 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Weekend partying (Drinking) + Creatine/Supplements requiring high water intake + Intense off-season workout programs beginning and coaches not supplying water ("Making players mentally tough") = Good chance of major dehydration and kidney issues.

I am a medical professional, physician, and not retarded. This is probably the exact scenario. Creatine supplements, which about 90% of these kids take, hold water in the muscle tissue, decreasing vascular circulation an excretion of creatinine and lactic acid after a cardio and weight lifting exercise. This is rare for kids this young and to be athletes as well for the levels of creatinine kinase to be come this high and noticibly painful. I really hope these kids were not denied water and were just not adequately hydrated. If that was the case, the coaching staff needs to be really grateful none of these guys got further along into renal failure or the sequela of major dehydration like cardiac dysrhythmias and acidosis/alkylosis. That can result in death, as evidenced by some kid dying on the field during 2 a days in highschool every couple of years. These guys will get IV hydration, some oral acetylcysteine for renal protection from the free acidotic radicals being release slowly from the muscle tissue, ck levels drawn q12, and released in a day or 2 depending on their ck levels. No big deal unless it was caused by some a-hole coach trying to teach them a lesson, 1950's style.

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:43 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Here is a good article from the Des Moines Register explaining some of the workout.



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:35 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Wow, what a coaching staff! 

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:54 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

I doubt Albert Haynesworth was at this workout. He probably got the condition this past spring climbing a set of stairs, bending down to tie his shoes or opening a snack pak!

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:42 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

IntoHI, you must have stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:37 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

"Rhabdo the clown" strikes again. Drink more water if you're going to work out that hard fellas...

Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:56 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

INtoHI you may be a "medical expert" but I am certified in spotting BS. While I will admit your cut and paste skills are top notch, the vast majority of individuals with higher training in any particular field have no need to be so arrogant as to belittle those who may have chosen to focus their energies on such noble endeavors as biology, astrophysiology or BS spotting. Therefore your choice to address the forum with such blatant condescension is a clear indication that your true area of skill lies not within the industry of medicine but more likely within the category of "look things up on the internet and repeat them to others to sound smart".

See? I actually am semi-retarded yet with the help of spell check & I was able to string together an entire post that made me look smarter than you.

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