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Letter to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 01, 2011 7:10 AM

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Athlete injuries are unacceptable

Thirteen athletes hospitalized to “prevent further kidney damage” from the breakdown products of muscle after a brutal single workout and there is any question that they were “overworked”? It appears Dr. John Stokes is more interested in running damage control for the university than he is in advocating for his patients.

The Daily Iowan has repeated like a mantra that this was an “NCAA-permitted off-season workout,” so are we to presume that all the other colleges are hospitalizing their boys? It’s telling that there were no coaches among the hospitalized; they weren’t testing whether this was excessive or not by their own participation.

These boys were not body-building; they were injuring their muscles, and more importantly, their kidneys. They pay a personal cost, and who pays for their hospitalizations? Iowa taxpayers?

Their next game is half a year away. Was this retribution for a lackluster season? Ostensibly, these are students who, in addition to these “workouts,” are required to study. There must be consequences and changes at the administrative level.

Daniel Phillips, M.D.
Iowa City resident


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