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Former Iowa player suing university for negligence over rhabdo incident

Kirk Ferentz AP

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.

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6 Responses to “Former Iowa player suing university for negligence over rhabdo incident”
  1. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 12:54 PM

    Now this is something, looks like life wasn’t working out and somebody wants a payday. Hope it goes through because once in high school coaches were not properly supervising me and i pulled a muscle while i was lifting! it still haunts me to this day. Now can i get a check?

  2. friarjack61 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:18 PM

    Introducing workout programs, without proper supervision, is a fault of the Athletic Department. When businesses make mistakes that affect the consumer, negatively, lawsuits can follow. Colleges are a business, and the Athletic Departments are BIG business, so the lawsuit results from incompetent structure and supervision.

  3. irishdodger says: Mar 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Didn’t know one could get rhabdo from working out too much. I thought it was a major side effect from cholesterol drug interactions.

  4. mogogo1 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:19 PM

    The physical harm makes sense given the hospitalizations. But where does “mental harm” come into play here? The plaintiff suffered brain damage? He’s never been able to work out hard again because he remembers the trauma of this incident?

  5. tampabayirish says: Mar 11, 2014 11:05 PM

    Tort lawyers are scum.

  6. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2014 12:36 PM

    So this guy never worked out before in his entire career or something? I don’t have a supervisor at the gym…a spotter yeah,but I pretty much know what workout I’m doing and my limits. oh wait,he’s a college “kid”. convenient ignorance for 4 years lol.

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