IOWA CITY, Iowa - Twelve University of Iowa football players are recovering after being admitted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Monday evening with exertional rhabdomyolysis, the Gazette learned Tuesday evening.
This condition is an acute 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 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.