((HT: WHO-TV Des Moines))
Twelve Iowa football players are recovering after being admitted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Monday with a rather lengthy-titled condition called "exertional rhabdomyolysis."
The condition is a breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. In serious cases, it could affect the kidney’s ability to clear the toxins and has potential for permanent kidney failure.
All Iowa players admitted are doing fine, according to a source close to the situation.
A University of Iowa staff physician and football team physician confirmed 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.”
AD Gary Barta said that the university will do what it takes to make sure the situation never happens again to the athletes.
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The HQ would like to know how it happened en masse in the first place, but we gather because of doctor-patient confidentiality that we may not get any true answers...