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UPDATE: UI sets timeline for player hospitalization investigation

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IOWA CITY (KWWL)-- The University of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents have set a timeline for the investigation into the hospitalization of 13 football players.

The student-athletes are responding very well to treatment, and they'll be released from the hospital on a case-by-case basis, hopefully some time in the near future.

On Thursday morning, UI President Sally Mason and Board of Regents President David Miles released a joint statement establishing a 90-day timeline to investigate what caused the illness of so many players at once.

"The primary aim of this analysis will be to identify, to the extent possible, the root causes of this incident in order to create and implement effective preventative measures to ensure this does not happen in the future," Mason said in a written statement. "It is an essential responsibility of the University to determine what is likely to have caused this rare condition among so many young men at one time, and to share those findings."

The results of the investigation will be presented to the Iowa Board of Regents when it is completed.

Biff Poggi flew to Iowa City the moment he heard his son Jim was hospitalized.

"Obviously when your son is admitted to the hospital, that's a concern. However, I would tell you that the responsiveness of how we have been dealt...We have been happy with that," Poggi said.

Jim Poggi was one of 13 Hawkeye football players diagnosed with the medical disorder rhabdomyolosis, days after taking part in what football personnel call a strenuous off-season workout.

"We are in a phase where with the program where right now the players know this is an important and pretty ambitious part of the off-season work out," said Paul Federici, Director of Football Operations.

Doctors say it's still too early to determine the exact underlying cause that put these players in the hospital.  While the medical disorder is a common diagnosis, Dr. John Stokes says its unusual to see a large group like this affected.

"The first thing that one would look at as a cause for all 12 or 13 of these individuals would be to say, well, what was common about particularly the exercise program? Were they -- and/or were they ill with some other problem."



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