Twelve Iowa football players hospitalized

The University of Iowa issued a press release Tuesday afternoon regarding a medical situation that is affecting the school’s football team.

According to the release, 12 football players are recovering after being admitted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Monday evening. Per the statement, neither individual medical conditions nor the identities of the student-athletes will be released. The school will have no further comment on the situation.

“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 athletic director Gary Barta. “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.”

UPDATE: Marc Morehouse of The Gazette is reporting that the players were admitted with exertional rhabdomyolysis, which is an acute breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of myoglobin into the bloodstream. In serious cases, it affects the kidney’s ability to clear the toxins and has potential for permanent kidney failure. However, all of the players admitted are doing fine, according to the report.

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