13 Iowa football players hospitalized after workout
January 27th, 2011
03:53 PM ET

13 Iowa football players hospitalized after workout

Thirteen University of Iowa  football players were hospitalized after a strenuous workout this week.

They were found to have  rhabdomyolosis, several days after taking part in an off-season workout, according to CNN affiliate KWWL.

When a muscle ruptures, it releases its cellular content, including particles called myoglobin, into the body. These particles get caught in the kidneys and can block the organ's functions and in worst cases, cause death.It’s often seen in crush injuries - it was a common killer of earthquake survivors in Haiti in 2010.  Rhabdomyolosis has been known to occur after difficult workouts especially in boot camps.

More on rhabdomyolosis

Dr. John Stokes, a specialist in internal medicine at the University of Iowa (pictured above) said in a Wednesday press conference the players were responding well to treatments. Treatment includes intravenous fluids, close monitoring of blood, electrolytes and muscle waste products.

Stokes also said that it’s too early to determine the cause and that it was uncommon to have 13 players come down with the condition.

“It does appear to be a little unusual, but apparently the common denominator for each of these individuals had to do with the fact that they were undergoing a workout, a heavy exercise program, and heavy exercise is known to produce this syndrome,” he said.

One of the football players had told his father over the phone that he felt tremendous soreness after working out on the team’s first off-season workout on January 20 and 21, reported the Daily Iowan.

Those workouts included heavy squats and maximum weight lifting, according to the student newspaper.

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