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College Football: 13 Iowa Players Come Down with Muscle Disorder

| by Alex Groberman

In a strange story that will obviously unfold in the coming weeks, 13 members of the Iowa football team were diagnosed with a muscle disorder after being hospitalized this past week.

Upon completion of some of their offseason workouts, 13 players developed rhabdomyolysis -- a stress-induced muscle syndrome. At its worst, rhabdomyolysis can cause kidney failure and damage cells.

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According to the school’s physician, John Stokes, all of the players that came down wit the disorder participated in tough exercise programs – something that commonly causes rhabdomyolysis in healthy, young athletes.

The University of Iowa has kept their responses to this situation very brief, though Stokes did offer this quote:

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"I don't think I've seen 13 people get (it). … This cluster, I guess, would be unusual."

Medical officials maintain that all 13 players are in good condition, and should not suffer any side-effects from the disorder in the future.