Twelve University of Iowa football players are recovering from an undisclosed illness after being admitted to the hospital Monday evening, according to a release sent out by the UI Athletics Department Tuesday afternoon.
Cedar Rapids Gazette sports reporter Marc Morehouse reported via Twitter that the players have Rhabdomyolysis. According to WebMD, rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome due to direct or indirect muscle injury.
The UI sent another press release around 6:30 p.m. (CST), stating that the hospitalized players “were all participating in NCAA allowable winter workouts. The symptoms, for which the student-athletes are being treated, are likely related to those workouts.”
While the identity of the Hawkeye athletes won’t be disclosed, a physician at the UI Hospitals and Clinics said the 12 student-athletes are responding well to their care and treatment.
“The student-athletes were admitted throughout the course of Monday evening,” the UIHC staff physician said in the release. “All of the individuals are responding well to treatment as of Tuesday morning. All are in safe and stable condition. At this time we are not sure when any of the individuals will be discharged. Hospital discharge will be on a case by case basis.”
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is out of town on a recruiting trip, but Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said the 12-year head coach is fully aware of the situation in Iowa City.
“Our No. 1 concern is the safety of our student-athletes, so we are pleased with the positive feedback,” Barta said in the release. “Our next step is to find out what happened so we can avoid this happening in the future.”
Scott Miller, a former colleague of mine when I worked at The Daily Iowan, tweeted the following Tuesday evening: