SC swimmers had disorder affecting Iowa players

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A doctor says seven  University of South Carolina swimmers came down with the same muscle disorder in 2007 that has led to the hospitalization of 13 Iowa football players and they may have simply been pushing their bodies too hard after a break.

Rupert Galvez says the swimmers were diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis following three days of intense workouts after they returned from summer break. He says they reported swelling and weakness in their arms and discolored urine.

Galvez was involved in their treatment, and he wrote a 2008 article in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine about the case. He says coaches should be cautious about putting athletes through rigorous training after they return from extended breaks.

Iowa players were hospitalized Monday after strenuous workouts following winter break.

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