Five Iowa Football Players Released From Hospital; Medical Records May Have Been Compromised

Five Iowa football players have been released from the hospital following a bout with rhabdomyolysis, a severe kidney disease brought on by stress to the body. In total, 13 Iowa players were sent to the hospital after a going through a workout that reportedly involved doing 100 squats at 240 pounds in a short amount of time.

According to the Sporting News, the players' injuries were serious enough that it made menial tasks nearly impossible after the workouts, with many struggling to function normally.

"Guys couldn't get out of bed," the source said. "Guys couldn't put on their socks. Monday and Tuesday, kids were lying here all wrapped up."

The situation took another odd turn on Friday after it was revealed the hospitalized players' medical records may have been compromised. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the facility the players have been hospitalized, has opened an investigation into the matter after reportedly discovering someone may have gained unauthorized access to the players' records.

While five players were well enough to head home, eight still remain hospitalized. It's unknown when they'll be released, but head coach Kirk Ferentz was optimistic they'd be released in the days ahead.

For more on Iowa football, check out SB Nation's Black Heart Gold Pants.

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