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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: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:22 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

All steroid tabs taken orally will shut your kidneys down in no time, especially at that age and in large quantities. It's no coincidence 12 players are all seeking treatment today and whizzing "brown." Time for a drug screen people. 

Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:58 pm

Losing psychosis plus shortcuts in training

Losing so many closes games this year.  Horrible coaching in the Wisconsin game and Ohio State games, a complete meltdown in the Northwestern game even letting an injured quarterback beat them.  Lost their mind against poor pathetic Arizona and then let Minnesota beat them.  But seriously, they are juicing it like a 1980's East German weightlifter or skirting the rules like Mark McGwire did to become the Incredible Hulk of baseball.

 More likely it is something related to a substance they are taking to better their muscles mixed with other crazy supplements (like some E.D. medication that has a side effect of screwing up your prostate gland and thus other parts of that sensitive male area).  That was the case with some Olympic athletes in the 1990's taking supplements in the place of steroids and it ended up causing urine color changes and all other kinds of dangerous side effects.  Might need to get a hold of their training staff and see what's going on.  

This sounds kind of fishy and something they may be aware of but hoping they could keep it quiet. Hard to do it now.  Can't even pronounce the condition they have - its that bad.  Somebody's butt is in a sling in Iowa City and it may end up doing damage to Kirk Ferentz in the end.

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:54 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

If your brother or sister was in this condition, I am sure you would not be so ready to make fun of it.  Even if they did roids or whatever, it is not justification to imply that  "Th
ey got what they deserved".  These are young kids that are easily influenced by older players, coaches and trainers and the chance to play D1 football.  That said, even if they were 50 years old, I dont see why anyone would be so "OK" with them in this condition to make light of it.  Thanks

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:48 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

rhabdomyalysis is often a result of drug abuse.  some of the drugs that can cause it are cocain, heroin, methamphetamines and ecstacy

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:47 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Let's see if I have this right,USC has ONE jackass who takes money to LEAVE school and they get two year bowl ban and lose 30 scholarships, Iowa sends 12 players to the hospital. How many bowl games and scholarships is that worth ?

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:47 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Someone was passing around some strong stuff in that locker room.  Most of the supplements on the market today require nearly double the water intake-and in some cases a liver/kidney supplement (Milk Thistle). 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:29 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

yeah once Florida goes on probation you'll wish you lived and rooted for Iowa

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:28 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Wow.  News to me....  Iowa has a football team.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:14 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Do not believe a word out of Gary Barta's mouth when he was at Wyoming he could not tell the truth to save his life.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:56 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with rhabdomyalysis

Guess they got ahold of some bad 'roids.  Not supposed to take the stuff from Mexico.  Shuts down your kidneys. 

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