iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Three members of the University of Oregon football team were recently hospitalized following what’s been described as a “grueling workout.” We’re talking about something called rhabdomyolysis.
This type of injury involves muscle trauma or injury, which then causes a leaking of the main protein in muscles into the blood, which -- among other things -- can then cause a clogging of the kidney’s filtration system.
Here’s what you need to know about spotting and preventing rhabdo:
- The signs are swollen, red, tender and hard muscles that are exquisitely painful, as well as a dark color to the urine.
- Treatment is in a hospital setting with IV hydration and monitoring of kidney function.
- Just go easy. No sudden increases in frequency or intensity and you’ll do just fine.
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