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NEW DETAILS: 13th Hawkeye football player hospitalized


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, officials with the University of Iowa announced that another football player has been hospitalized with Rhabdomyolysis, bringing the total to 13.

On Tuesday, the University of Iowa said that 12 Hawkeye football players were recovering and responding well to treatments after being hospitalized Monday evening.

They were hospitalized at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for an acute muscle-fiber deterioration condition known as Rhabdomyolysis. This condition is often the result of over-exertion and severe dehydration.

The University if Iowa says the Hawkeye student-athletes had been participating in NCAA-approved winter workouts on the University of Iowa campus.

While the University of Iowa cannot legally release the names of the players due to the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) law, the University of Iowa Athletic Department says the symptoms of the 13 student-athletes are likely related to those NCAA-approved off-season workouts.

The symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis are numerous, including abnormal urine color. Hawkeye Freshman Linebacker Jim Poggi had posted a comment about that symptom on his private Facebook page Tuesday, according to several KWWL-TV viewers who saw the post. Other symptoms can include overall weakness, muscle stiffness, muscle myalgia and in extreme cases, seizures.

Poggi's father, Biff, made the trip from the East Coast to participate in the press conference.

Aggressive hydration is often necessary to flush the Myoglobin muscle fiber contents out of the kidneys as quickly as possible to help prevent any kidney damage or renal failure.

Allen Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Dr. Steven Lamer, says it's fairly unusual for highly trained athletes to experience Rhabdomyolysis, but regardless of the patient, quick treatment is essential.

"If that's what it is, the treatment, typically, would be profound amounts of fluids," Dr. Lamer said. "Two to three hundred ML's or CC's of normal saline an hour. You have to keep those kidneys working to prevent kidney failure. In the worst case scenario, they need dialysis for a period of time. The other bad side effect you can get from that would be when your potassium goes way high because of the muscle break down. That can bring about an abnormal heart rhythm."

Many of the Hawkeye football players are just now getting back into shape, following their post-bowl game break.

The University says Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was on a recruiting trip this week, but had been made aware of the situation and was being kept abreast of the progress his players were making.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele



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