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When are we going to get smart?Nebraska coach Scott Frost confirms two players were hospitalized after workouts

February 1, 2018


 How is it that colleges with some of the best facilities have some of the dumbest coaches?



What does it take before we get smart? This has been reported at Iowa and Oregon as well in the past few years. When are coaches and administrators going to realize that there is a huge difference between hard work and smart, effective work? American football, of almost all modern sports, is so specialized that players have very intermittent bursts of energy with lots of time for rest interspersed. First, there is a 30 second break between each play. It can be even longer when the chains have to be moved...etc. In modern day high level collegiate football players play only on offense or defense and usually have high level subs alternating in often. The reality is that players spend more time standing on the sidelines than they do playing. So, explain to me;  how could an appropriate training program cause rhabdomyolysis? That is just stupidity and malpractice. It's ironic that this would happen at Nebraska where the concept of a strength and conditioning coach originated. Boyd Epley is considered the "father" of the profession and innovated the much of what is done today in the field. Too bad they have strayed so far from the basics.


Two Nebraska football players were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis after offseason workouts last week, coach Scott Frost confirmed to The Omaha World-Herald and The Lincoln Journal Star on Tuesday.

Frost said sophomore wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and senior defensive lineman Dylan Owen were hospitalized for multiple days after a 32- to 36-minute weight-lifting workout. Lindsey spent three days in the hospital while Owen spent two, and both players have since rejoined the team, Frost told the outlets.

Rhabdomyolysis, more commonly known as "rhabdo," is a muscle injury in which damaged muscle cells leak into the blood stream. In severe cases, it can lead to kidney damage or failure. 

"Anything that happens in our program is ultimately my responsibility," the first-year coach told The Lincoln Journal Star. "Our strength coach and training room were coordinating to do absolutely the best they could to make sure the transition went smooth, but two kids that exerted themselves too far and had (rhabdomyolysis).

"I want to make sure people understand that the health of our players is always going to be our primary concern. It's been kind of a scary deal, and both kids are doing fine now." 

Frost told the outlets that he did not place any blame on strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval, noting to the World-Herald that Duval had scaled back the workout for that particular day as a precaution.

Last winter, shortly after Willie Taggart was hired as head coach, multiple Oregon football players were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis following workouts. Oregon's strength and conditioning coach, Irele Oderinde, was suspended as a result of the incident.

Contact Tom Schad at or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.




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