5 basketball players from Concordia University in Chicago hospitalized after “high intensity” training;  coach temporarily removed

5 basketball players from Concordia University in Chicago hospitalized after “high intensity” training; coach temporarily removed

5 basketball players from Concordia University in Chicago hospitalized after “high intensity” training;  coach temporarily removed

A suburban Chicago college postponed two men’s basketball games after five players checked themselves into the hospital after rigorous practice.

Concordia University of Chicago at River Forest has also temporarily removed coach Steve Kollar, school spokesman Eric Matanyi said.

The last player was released from a hospital on Saturday, he said. CBS Chicago identified this player like Jacob Collicott.

“It’s been a long day,” said Jacob’s father, Ryan Collicott. CBS Chicago Saturday. “He was, I guess, dehydrated. Also, the muscles were breaking down and getting into his bloodstream, I guess.”

Matanyi told The Associated Press that “the length of hospital stays ranged from several hours to several days.”

Athletic director Pete Gnan sent a letter to parents Thursday, explaining what happened after a trip to California in late December, where the team played two games. He said the team underwent “particularly intense college-level circuit training” on Dec. 31.

Circuit training generally involves moving through exercise stations with little time for breaks.

Five players were admitted to hospital between Monday and Wednesday, Gnan said.

He told parents he learned that several players had missed a nighttime curfew on the trip to California.

“Some have alleged that the intensity and difficulty of Saturday’s practice was a direct result of the breach of curfew earlier in the week…The university continues to review the matter and is working also to determine all the factors that contributed to the student hospitalizations,” Gnan said.

A person familiar with the situation told CBS Chicago that the players may have suffered from conditions such as lactic acidosis and rhabdomyolysis, the latter of which may be caused by “exertion or overuse,” according to the Centers for Disease. United States Control and Prevention.

Rhabdomyolysis, which can damage the heart and kidneys, occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood, according to the CDC.

“Usually you see this stuff in marathon runners, football players, sort of endurance athletes,” Dr. Christopher Hicks of Northwestern Medicine told CBS Chicago.

Gnan said Concordia has “zero tolerance for harassment or retaliation of any kind.”

The Division III Cougars, who are 8-2, postponed games scheduled for Saturday and last Tuesday.

This all comes after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field during a Monday night football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin was administered in the field by medical personnel before being loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the intensive care unit of a Cincinnati hospital, where he was sedated for several days. The Friday Bills said it showed significant improvement. A breathing tube was removed and he is now able to breathe on his own and speak.

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