Iowa Football Players Hospitalized With Rhabdomyolysis, School Announces

The 13 (not 12, as had been reported) Iowa Hawkeyes football players who were mysteriously admitted to local hospitals Monday night were indeed suffering from a kidney condition brought on by excessive exercise, as had also been reported. The school announced on Wednesday that the players were afflicted with rhabdomyolysis.

Ahh, rhabdomyolysis. You “breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream” according to Google Health, you. In English, rhabdomyolysis is a condition that causes an individual’s innards to mingle in unpleasant, but not typically lethal, manners, and is caused by overdoing it during a workout.

The school also said that players are still in safe and stable condition, but did not announce the names of any specific players.

Black Heart Gold Pants wonders where Hawkeyes football can possibly go from here and laments Iowa’s sad, strange history of weightlifting disasters. Meanwhile, Every Day Should Be Saturday introduces you to Uncle Rhabdo.

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