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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Iowa football players describe intense workouts preceding illness

By Cindy Boren

Two University of Iowa football players said they had gone through exceptionally strenuous workouts in the days before they and 10 other Hawkeye players were hospitalized in Iowa City, according to a report in the Des Moines Register.

All are "responding well to treatment," according to the Iowa sports information department, which confirmed that illnesses and drills were "likely related." The nature of the players' ailments still has not been made public, although some reports have mentioned rhabdomyolysis.

Players described their workouts on Facebook. Shane DiBona, on Jan. 20, posted: "I had to squat 240 pounds 100 times and it was timed. I can't walk and I fell down the stairs ... lifes [sic] great." That same day, Jordan Bernstine posted: "Hands Down the hardest workout I've ever had in my life! I can't move!"

C.J. Fiedorowicz, a freshman, told the Register in a text message: "I guess there [sic] urine was brown and they were all dizzy."

DiBona and Bernsine are doing well now. "We've talked to him--and he's doing great," Alan DiBona said of his son. Bernstine confirmed to the Iowa City Press-Citizen that he had received treatment at the hospital and is fine now.

Chris Doyle, Iowa's strength and conditioning coach, could not be reached for comment by the Register. Fred Mims, Iowa's associate athletic director for student services and compliance, told the paper that athletes can participate in supervised, two-hour workouts each day but may not exceed eight hours each week.

By Cindy Boren  | January 26, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Kidney illnesses aside, that workout sounds like a good way to tear a quad. I tore mine from too many squats once.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 26, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

It hurt really bad.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 26, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding leadership from the office of the Athletic Director.

Posted by: markfromark | January 26, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

They were likely taking a supplement called creatine, an over the counter supplement implicated in muscle and kidney damage.

Many athletes know about this stuff. It is commonly used to improve short term muscle strength. The training and medical staff should know whether or not it has been used by the players.

It can be purchased on line or at "health" food or nutrition stores.

Posted by: jct4w | January 26, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

They took creatine, a legal OTC supplement that can be purchased at any "health" food store. The trainers and medical staff should be able to verify this quite easily.

Posted by: jct4w | January 26, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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