5 Concordia University Chicago basketball players hospitalized after ‘high-intensity’ workout;  Trainer temporarily removed

5 Concordia University Chicago basketball players hospitalized after ‘high-intensity’ workout; Trainer temporarily removed

5 Concordia University Chicago basketball players hospitalized after ‘high-intensity’ workout;  Trainer temporarily removed

A college in suburban Chicago has postponed two men’s basketball games after five players were hospitalized after a hard workout.

Concordia University Chicago in River Forest has also temporarily fired coach Steve Kollar, said school boy Eric Matanyi.

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

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

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

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

Circuit training generally refers to moving through exercise stations with little time for rest.

Five players were hospitalized between Monday and Wednesday, Gnan said.

He told parents he learned several players missed an overnight curfew during the California trip.

“Some have claimed that the intensity and difficulty of Saturday’s practice was a direct result of the broken curfew earlier in the week… The university continues to investigate the matter and is also working to identify any factors that contributed to student hospitalizations,” said Gnan.

A person familiar with the situation told CBS Chicago that players may have suffered from conditions like lactic acidosis and rhabdomyolysis, which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said can be caused by “exercise or overuse.”

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

“You usually see things like that in marathon runners, soccer players, kind of endurance athletes,” said Dr. Northwestern Medicine’s Christopher Hicks 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.

All of this comes after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered A cardiac arrest occurred on the field during a Monday night football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin was revived at the scene by medical personnel before being loaded into an ambulance and taken to the intensive care unit of a Cincinnati hospital, where he was sedated for several days. That’s what the Bills said on Friday he showed significant improvement. A breathing tube has been removed and he can now breathe and speak on his own.

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