5 Concordia University Chicago Basketball Players Hospitalized After ‘High Intensity’ Workout; trainer temporarily removed

A suburban Chicago school postponed two men’s basketball games after five players went to a hospital after a rigorous workout.

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

The last player was released from a hospital on Saturday, he said. CBSChicago identified that player like Jacob Collicott.

“It’s been a long few days,” said Jacob’s father, Ryan Collicott CBSChicago Saturday. “He was, I guess, dehydrated. Also, the muscles broke down and got 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 Thursday explaining what happened after a late December trip to California, where the team played two games. He said the team underwent a “special high-intensity circuit training at the collegiate level” on December 31.

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

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

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

“It has been suggested by some that the intensity and difficulty of Saturday’s practice was a direct consequence of the curfew violation earlier in the week… The university continues to look into the matter and is also working to determine any factors that contributed to student hospitalizations,” said Roughly.

A person familiar with the situation told CBS Chicago that players may have suffered from conditions such as lactic acidosis and rhabdomyolysis, the latter of which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said can be caused by “physical exertion 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.

“Usually you see this kind of thing in the marathoners, the football players, kind of endurance athletes,” Dr. Christopher Hicks with 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.

All of this comes after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin LEDs a cardiac arrest on the field during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin was administered CPR on 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 Bills on Friday said he has shown significant improvement. A breathing tube was removed and he can now breathe on his own and speak.

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