More than 10 players of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team were taken in hospital due to rhabdomyolsis. This is an illness connected with quick destruction of skeletal muscle that results in leakage into urine the muscle protein myoglobin. People with this disease suffer from severe muscle aches, weakness and soreness. Since byproducts of the muscle destruction become toxic to the kidneys, there is a high risk of kidney failure in this case.
Experts started immediately to blame nephrotoxic supplements or anabolic steroids in occurring of rhabdomyolsis in the Hawkeyes’ football players but there was no any relation between these drugs and this illness in them. The doctor James Williams told to CBS during an interview that nephrotoxic supplements were responsible for rhabdomyolsis in these football players. He claimed that individuals had dehydration, when their muscles became broken due to hard trainings. When supplements are administrated in such situations, they are turned to be toxic to kidneys directly, according to James William. He added that this condition led to rhabdomyolsis.
Unluckily, the media didn’t interview real high-qualified experts. Only so-called experts were asked by media. That’s why the conclusions were misleading.
It is supposed that Mike Gimbel of a Maryland anti-steroid and anti-supplement organization doesn’t have needed knowledge. Mike Gimbel just confirms that although they do not know how the supplements act in body and whether they lead to any benefits, these products are very dangerous for health.
Nonetheless, certain facts showed that anabolic steroids were not responsible for rhabdomyolsis of the football players. These players submitted to tests for prohibited products and they tested negative. Moreover, an expert has studied and shown that there was no any relation between muscle disorders and anabolic steroids or HGH. Richard J. Auchus, a specialist on steroid metabolism at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, confirms that gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid is the only product which could lead to this disease. Sometimes this medicine is taken for anabolic effects as well. Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid is an illicit medicine. Certain specialists like Auchus, a consultant of the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency, are sure that no any preparation is to be blamed for this condition of these football players. He assures that the muscle destruction is caused by extremely hard training to which the trainers pushed the sportspersons.
The coach Chris Doyle will be probably blamed for rhabodomyolsis of the football players, if steroids or other supplements will be not turned to be the reasons of the disease. Who knows? Even sport in itself is associated with some risks.