Three football players for the Oregon Ducks were hospitalized following a series of tough strength and conditioning workouts last week at the university.
Cam McCormick a tight end and Sam Poutasi and Doug Brenner, both offensive lineman were listed in fair condition in a Springfield, Oregon hospital on Monday, said a spokesperson for the hospital.
The three were admitted to the hospital last week following team workouts that took place after players returned from their holiday break.
Oloka, who is the mother of Poutasi, said her son had complained that his arms were very sore following his workouts and was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which is a syndrome where soft tissue muscle breaks down and leaks into the person’s bloodstream. Depending upon its severity, the syndrome can lead to the kidneys being damaged.
In a prepared statement, the athletic department at Oregon said that safety and welfare of all its student athletes was paramount.
The statement added that it could not comment on an individual student’s health, but it had implemented modifications as it transitioned back to full training as a way to prevent any further occurrences.
The statement also said that the athletic department thanked its medical staff as well as trainers for the continued monitoring of its students.
Willie Taggart the head football coach at Oregon visited the hospital to meet with the players who are hospitalized prior to leaving on a recruiting trip.
This week the football players were required to complete the same workouts. The workouts, said a number of sources, are similar to basic training in the military with one that includes as much as one hour of continuous push-ups as well as up-downs.
An official at Oregon disputed one claim that some of the players passed out saying the school’s training staff had not seen players faint.
On Monday, a few players on social media said that the severity of the team’s workouts was exaggerated and that yes they were difficult but nothing out of the ordinary.
Some players complained later of having urine that was discolored, which is a rhabdomyolysis symptom. After being tested, others were found to have elevated levels of an indicator for the syndrome known as creatine kinase.
Rhabdomyolysis is often triggered following a spike in workout intensity and through overexertion in workouts.
Reports that multiple players have been affected by the syndrome are rare. Last August eight players from a women’s volleyball team were hospitalized.