A former Iowa football player previously hospitalized following a workout is taking the Hawkeyes to court. William Lowe has filed a lawsuit against the university stating the university was negligent in “developing and implementing a dangerous improper training program,” according to the Associated Press. It was this negligence that Lowe says led to physical and mental harm.
Lowe was one of 13 players hospitalized in January 2011 for rhabdomyolysis injuries. Rhabdo injuries are typically caused from overexertion while working out. According to Lowe, Iowa workouts lacked proper supervision of coaches and trainers. A lack of proper medical care for Lowe and others is also to blame, according to the lawsuit. Several players were hospitalized for days with what seemed to be an unknown illness at first, but was later determined to be a case of rhabdomyolysis. The incident caught trainers around the country off guard and forced Iowa and other programs to re-evaluate how workouts are conducted and supervised.
“We have learned a little bit more about rhabdo,” Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said in March 2011. “Quite frankly, I don’t think anybody in this building knew much about it prior to this occurrence. We’ve learned a little bit more about that, but I still think there’s a lot to be learned from what I know.”
At this time Lowe is the only former Iowa football player tied to these injuries filing suit against the university. If he is successful though, it would not be a shock to see other players pursue similar legal action.