Tackling Rhabdomyolysis in College Football Players

Lessons learned from a cluster of cases at the University of Iowa

Jennie McKee

Weekend warriors who exercise too hard on a hot summer day may seem like the most likely candidates for exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER), a condition in which muscle fibers break down and release intracellular elements into the bloodstream, causing dark urine, muscle swelling, pain, and weakness. But according to a recent study, college football players are also at risk for ER, which can result in renal failure and other complications.

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