The University of Iowa has completed its investigation in to what caused the outbreak of rhabdomyolysis among the football team that caused 13 players to be hospitalized. Iowa president Sally Mason will present the results of the investigation to the school's board of regents on Wednesday, but the board doesn't have to wait that long if it doesn't want to. Here's what the investigation concluded, and in all honestly, there isn't much here that we didn't already know.
- The school is "as certain as possible" that the outbreak of rhabdo was caused by the strenuous workout the players participated in on January 20. While the players were hospitalized with serious muscle injuries, none developed symptoms of advanced rhabdomyolysis damage. Like kidney damage, so that's good news.
- None of the 13 players are responsible for the outbreak. They did not suffer from rhabdo due to any prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, supplements or energy drinks.
- This isn't the first time Iowa players have participated in this workout, as the team held them in June 2004 and December 2007. The difference this time, however, is that the players weren't coming off of a three week break the last two times the team held the workouts. Still, the coaches can't be held responsible for the outbreak because they had no reason to believe the workout would lead to such a condition since it never had before.
- There was no evidence to support the claims that the workout we meant to be a punishment for the players. Though the team's strength coach did make a comment saying that the workouts should help take care of all the close losses that Iowa suffered last season, and would help determine "who wants to be here."
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As for recommendations the investigation makes for the Iowa football program in the future, it's not surprising that it was recommended that the school not hold such strenuous workouts in the future. It's also recommended that Iowa develop "effective mechanisms for determining when players are experiencing unexpected complications that can result from a specific type of workout."
Also, if any player should become injured or ill following a workout, the entire team should be tested to make sure they aren't suffering the same symptons.
In other words, this entire investigation could have been summed up in one sentence. "Let's try and learn from our mistakes and use a bit more common sense next time, shall we?"