Regents release rhabdo report

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 31, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Athletics Department is changing its routine to prevent similar mishaps in the future after 13 Hawkeye football players were hospitalized earlier this year, according to a State Board ofRegents report obtained by the CedarRapidsGazette.

Rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which muscle fiber contents are released into the bloodstream and can cause kidney damage, led to the hospitalizations of 13 football players last spring after a strenuous workout.

According to the new report, the department officials will educate themselves about rhabdo and provide long-term health care to injured student-athletes for physical or psychological reasons, among other things, the Gazette reported.

“I am very pleased with the report that all 13 football players have made a full medical recovery,” Regent President Craig Lang wrote in a letter addressed to the regents. “The well-being of our student-athletes is our primary concern. I thank the university for its ongoing careful attending in responding to the individual needs of each player.”

— by Allie Wright

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