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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: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:29 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

These guys better be particularly cautious about drug tests as well, now that they've overexrerted themselves.  Just ask Brian Cushing.  Hard workouts can cause one to test positive for steroids, you know.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 6:53 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

I didn't realize that "medical experts" still use the word retarded...

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:30 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

goes back a ways and crossfit brought it to forefront in regards to high intense training

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:37 am

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

"Rhabdomyolysis."  Forgive my small pet peeve, but that's the correct spelling.

To correct the misconceptions some of you have, rhabdomyolysis usually does NOT present with concomitant use of steroids, as some of you have so gleefully suggested.  Alcohol, cocaine, opioids, or phenothiazines are possible contributors to muscle toxicity, but we don't typically see rhabomyolysis with steroi
ds, unless one is on prednisone or other glucocorticoid.  The cases of acute renal failure we're seeing here are most likely solely the result of prolonged, sustained, weight-bearing activities.

Please, if you're not a medical expert, don't pretend to be one.  You just look all the more retarded when a real one comes along.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:28 pm

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.  Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.  

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:44 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Where there's brown urine, there's fire.........

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:43 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

About 3 years ago I started an intensive workout program and developed this "ailment" in the first week.  It's basically your muscles breaking down so much that your kidneys can't filter it out.  it can easily lead to kidney failure.  While I'm not a Big 10 athlete (ok, i'm in my late 40s) I understand it can happen to anyone.  I was in the hospital for 3 days taking IV saline.  And I can assure you that I have never done steroids!!  My guess is that they just pushed way too hard.  Good thing they caught it early.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:33 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

What happens is when the body over exerts itself, muscle fiber breaks down and enters the blood stream.  From there it is processed through the kidneys and urinated out.  It happend to a friend of mine last summer while working in intense heat.  He had been drinking Red Bull instead of water and the doctor said that was a factor.  I would imagine that some of these athletes were not properly hydrating and using high caffeine and sugar sports drinks instead of water. 

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:33 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Somebody's in deep doggy doo doo...I blame the equipment manager personally.   Probably didn't wash the jock straps properly...

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:20 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Hope the Iowa players are recovering.

Time for the Urine and Blu - Wolverinees to be tested ... for a pulse. Wink 

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