January 26, 2011 | Mark Emmert
Iowa City, Ia. — Thirteen unidentified Iowa football players remain hospitalized with a muscle injury syndrome likely triggered by heavy workouts over the past week, university officials said Wednesday at a news conference.
From left: Biff Poggi, Paul Federici and John Stokes are pictured during Wednesday’s press conference in Iowa City. (Rodney White/Des Moines Register photo)
Dr. John Stokes, who is not directly involved with the treatment of the athletes, said the condition, called rhabdomyolysis, is fairly common among football players and that it is typically not career-threatening.
Stokes said, however, that he had never seen as many cases at one time in his 32 years practicing internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
“It does appear to be a little unusual, but apparently the common denominator for each of these individuals had to do with the fact that they were undergoing a workout, a heavy exercise program,” said Stokes, during a gathering at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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