Former Hawk football player sues state

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 11, 2014 5:00 AM

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A former Hawkeye football player is suing the state of Iowa alleging negligence related to medical complications from off-season workouts, according to court documents.

William Lowe was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis in January 2011 following off-season workouts. The condition releases damaged muscle tissue into the bloodstream, which is harmful to the kidneys. A 2011 report found Lowe and 12 other players developed the condition after overexertion.

Lowe claims the state, through the University of  Iowa Athletics Department, failed to properly supervise the athletes during workouts and offer prompt medical care. He also contends the training was “dangerous and impromper.”

Lowe is seeking compensation for damages and legal costs.

UI spokesman Tom Moore said the university does not comment on pending litigation.

— by Chris Higgins

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