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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: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:43 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with kidney problems

Well we now know why Jay Cutler didn't go to Iowa.....

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:41 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with kidney problems

  Dehydration or blood in urine?  Sounds more like the latter of the two.  So they played all year but 12 guys got overexerted during off season workouts?  Either supplements or too much pain management.  

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:31 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with kidney problems

Hope they get better soon, nothing worse than brown wizz after a heavy workout.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:30 pm

12 Iowa players hospitalized with kidney problems

Brown Urine...too much information...

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