School students in the US were rushed to the hospital after doing 400 push-ups. Photos/Illustrations
WASHINGTON – A number of students in Texas high schools, United States of America (USA) who became a soccer player had to be rushed to the hospital after being forced to do 400 push-ups without rest and drink.
This sparked anger from the parents of students. They were horrified by the treatment of their children.
“This has been a nightmare for a week,” said Osehotue Okojie, the parent of one of the students who had to be rushed to hospital as quoted by the BBC, Thursday (19/1/2023).
The school’s head football coach, John Harrell, has been put on leave.
According to Okojie, more than a dozen players had to go to the hospital after practice at Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, Texas.
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He said his son came home from off-season training two weeks ago with pain and could not lift his arm.
He was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a medical condition that involves the breakdown of muscle tissue leading to the release of damaging proteins into the blood. He spent a week in the hospital before going home.
“Rhabdomyolysis doesn’t just fall out of the sky. It’s usually due to overuse, and it’s not that common,” he says.
Okojie said that he hopes that everyone involved in the school incident will be held accountable.
“We need to emphasize health versus just focusing on winning,” he said. “Did we win at such a loss?” he asked.
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