SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 10, 2014

Where’s ‘Buck’ stop @ OSU 4 athletes?

Ohio State

Second incident of ‘rhabdo’ occurs

By Todd Jones THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

A member of the Ohio State women’s track and field team has been hospitalized since Friday after being diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis following a team workout one day earlier.

“She’s stable, doing well and recovering well,” said James Borchers, a team physician for the Ohio State athletic department.
Borchers would not name the hospitalized athlete, but the mother of Ivy Horn, a sophomore multievent athlete from Wapakoneta, in western Ohio, said her daughter is being treated at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State. Kitt Horn declined further comment about her daughter’s condition.

  • Medical experts say rhabdomyolysis, commonly known was “rhabdo,” is potentially harmful. It occurs when muscle fibers break down after intense physical activity, releasing the protein myoglobin into the bloodstream. Myoglobin can cause kidney damage.

Borchers said five other members of the women’s track and field team were hospitalized on Friday after participating in the same workout and showing symptoms and signs — muscle soreness and fatigue — of possible rhabdo.

None of those five hospitalized athletes was diagnosed with rhabdo, Borchers said, and all five were released on Saturday after evaluation and treatment. Borchers said it’s uncertain how long the athlete suffering from rhabdo will be hospitalized.

In March 2012, six members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team were sent to the emergency room and told they were suffering from rhabdomyolysis. Five of those six were admitted, and three were hospitalized for as many as six nights.

An OSU committee investigated that incident and made recommendations that included more education about rhabdo for all members of the university’s 36 varsity sports programs. Three of the six families of the hospitalized lacrosse players implored then-OSU president E. Gordon Gee to have the university do more.

  • Asked if he was concerned about a second incident of rhabdo among OSU athletes in less than 2 1/2 years, Borchers said: “We see isolated cases of this occurring in athletes. I don’t have a concern other than the fact we have a large athletic department and we have a lot of athletes. I don’t have any concern from a medical standpoint, no.”

Although Ohio State has not identified the athletes in this most recent case, the father of OSU sprinter Khara Walker, a sophomore from Mason, near Cincinnati, said his daughter was released from the Wexner Medical Center on Saturday after being tested a day earlier.
“She’s feeling better,” Kevin Walker said. “I think there were some precautionary measures taken, as far as I understand it, to get IVs and rehydrate. They had some issues with dehydration and exhaustion and those types of things.

“Khara called me Friday afternoon en route to the hospital. She was going in to get an IV because she was experiencing some severe cramping in her calves. She mentioned it might be rhabdomyolysis.”

  • The latest case of rhabdo is another of a growing list of incidents that medical experts consider to be preventable but have been documented in recent years from youth to professional sports. Perhaps the most publicized case of rhabdomyolysis occurred in January 2011, when 13 college football players at Iowa were hospitalized after an offseason conditioning session.

Walker didn’t know details about the OSU track workout on Thursday that led to his daughter’s hospitalization, and neither did Borchers.
“I can’t really speak to the nature of the workout, the conditions and those sorts of things,” Borchers said. “All I can speak to is that an athlete had a condition and it was brought to our attention, and we treated her appropriately.”

Kevin Walker, who’s also a former NFL player, said an OSU trainer called him on Friday to notify him that his daughter was going to the hospital for precautionary reasons, but Walker said he hasn’t heard from anyone at the university since then.
“That’s very surprising, to be honest with you,” he said. “I’m kind of puzzled by their lack of communication. ... I’m thinking at minimum I’d at least get an update. I’m thinking even if you have a sprained ankle or something, people would call and let you know what’s going on.”

tjones@dispatch.com

(Jan’s musings. . .  

I must confess that my heart isn’t into sending kids off to college on any kind of “sports scholarship” arrangement after reading such stories.  While it continues and seems endless — what is jumping out at me now is there is no progress, its the same ole, same ole.  After an investigation, the  committee recommended additional training for all in charge of the 36  varsity sports programs to incorporate training about “rhabdo”  back in 2012 – – but was that done?  If so, why has it continued to be a problem?  Is it their mind-set?. . .must be where the problem is, because instead of overseeing this precious bunch of potential entrusted to them, they are being treated like maybe they are being trained to become ‘navy seals’ willing to die for country and honor.    

Why would I even dare to say such a thing?    Read this article again especially Dr Borchers’ responses.  There isn’t a trace of care or concern which remotely sounds like we are dealing with hurt or possibly injured athletes.  Only that he has done the appropriate thing.  He doesn’t know why this happened, how this happened. . .only that it did happen and he – they acted appropriately . .[this is the kind of cover-your-ass comment which is endeavoring to satisfy insurance claims], just in case.  But certainly NOT what one might expect from one of the most prestigious campuses in our country!  

This is a bit sticky for me to think about or discuss on several levels, 1) the Earth-mother thing I so easily segue into which always calls for the ultimate concern for our kids – no matter the age,  and 2) that I know just a smidgen about this athletic training thing with regard to athletes whether elite professionals or youngsters just trying to learn how to be the best they can be in their choice of sports.  Why?. .because of my son — that’s what he does, guess one could say, its his passion.  You know, stuff I’ve heard from him over the years.

If Dr Borchers is typical of the ‘group-think’ of the other doctors on board at OSU, well then,  Houston, we have a problem!. . be sure your Obama-care is up to snuff. )  

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