Ohio State women’s lacrosse players hospitalized with rare muscle disorder

By Jami Jurich

The Lantern, Ohio State U. via UWIRE

Six Ohio State women’s lacrosse players were admitted to the Wexner Medical Center at OSU Friday to be evaluated for a rare muscle disorder, OSU assistant director of athletics communication Alissa Clendenen confirmed to The Lantern.

Two of the athletes had been discharged as of Monday morning. The remaining four were in fair condition as of Monday. All are expected to make a full recovery, according to the release.

The medical center could not confirm Tuesday evening whether any additional players had been released from the hospital without their names.

The women showed symptons of rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder that causes a breakdown of muscle fibers and releases a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, which can cause kidney damage and in extreme cases, kidney failure.

Trainers evaluated the team for symptoms after one athlete complained of not feeling well, according to the release. None has kidney damage, according to media reports.

The names of the six players have not been released.

Christopher Kaeding, the head team physician for OSU’s athletic department, did not immediately return The Lantern’s request for comment Tuesday evening.

In January 2011, 13 football players at the University of Iowa developed the disorder after overexertion during a squat-lifting workout.

A report cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers for wrongdoing but recommended the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training.

All 13 players made full recoveries.

The women’s lacrosse team did not have games this weekend. They next play at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Immediate inquires as to whether any of the affected athletes will play in Sunday’s game were not returned.

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