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Report finds no wrongdoing in Rhabdo case


AMES (KWWL) --  After completing a thorough investigation, a committee of 5 people independent from the University of Iowa Athletic Department remain mystified as to why a January workout put 13 football players in the hospital.

"We're not able to tell you exactly why this happened.  It's very clear that happened.  We can speculate that some convergence of two or three factors did make this different," said Dr. William Hines, a UI Professor of Law on President Sally Mason's appointed committee.

The committee did find that similar heavy squat workouts had been completed twice in the last seven years without incident.

The group concluded that all coaches and football personnel acted in the athletes' best interest both before and after the hospitalization.

It also found that the players weren't at fault, and that supplements did not contribute to their injuries.

"They exhibited no risky behavior either prior to or during that workout period," said Kevin Kregel, Chair of Health and Human Physiology also appointed to the committee.

The investigation also found that rhabdomyolysis isn't properly reported in football programs across the country. The committee is calling on all football personnel to be better informed about medical conditions resulting from over strenuous workouts.

"You can still be a tough guy and a competitor and not put yourself in harms way, and our job is to educate our student athletes about what are the signs," said Athletic Director Gary Barta.

All 13 players have been checked out medically and cleared for spring drills.

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