- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Six Butler Community College softball players were sent to the hospital with extreme muscle soreness after workouts.

The players went to the hospital last week apparently suffering from exertional rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of skeletal muscle after engaging in physical activity, The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1Jdx4fs ) reported.

Butler said Monday three players were still in the hospital and were expected to be released later this week. The main danger from the condition is that when too much muscle tissue breaks down, it can clog up the kidneys and cause renal failure.

“I was scared to death because I’d never even heard of (rhabdomyolysis) before,” softball coach Doug Chance said. “I think, in hindsight, we’ve all learned a lesson and I hope people see what happened to us and pay attention so it doesn’t happen to them.”

Last Monday, the 21-member softball team worked out at the El Dorado Lake Dam, walking up and down an 80-yard incline and then jogging up and walking backward down the dam four times.

Three players went to the Butler training staff on Tuesday, complaining of soreness in their calves. They were given ice and whirlpool baths as treatment.

The team scrimmaged again Tuesday night, and on Wednesday morning, one player was admitted to the emergency room after experiencing more calf soreness and tests showed her creatine kinase levels were consistent with rhabdomyolysis.

Another player was admitted to the hospital with the same symptoms, prompting Butler’s training staff to ask anyone who experienced similar pain to be tested. Of the seven players tested for rhabdomyolysis, four were hospitalized.

“We don’t feel like this is a common thing, but especially with all the high school sports and other college starting workouts, we want people to be aware of it,” Butler athletic director Todd Carter said.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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