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Five Division III college basketball players sent to hospital after grueling workout

The Chicago Tribune reports that five Chicago-based Concordia University players were sent to the hospital after an intense “varsity-level circuit training.”

RIVER FOREST, Illinois. A college in suburban Chicago has postponed two men’s basketball games after five players were hospitalized after a strenuous workout.

Concordia University of Chicago at River Forest also temporarily fired coach Steve Kollar, school spokesman Eric Matagny said.

According to him, the last player was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

“The length of stay varied from a few hours to several days,” Matagny told The Associated Press.

On Thursday, athletic director Pete Gnan sent the parents a letter explaining what happened after a trip to California in late December, where the team played two games. He said the team went through “a particularly intense collegiate-level circuit training session” on December 31st.

Circuit training usually refers to moving around training stations with a short break.

According to Gnan, five players were hospitalized from Monday to Wednesday.

He told his parents that he learned that several players had missed the overnight curfew while on a trip to California.

“Some argue that the intensity and difficulty of Saturday’s workout was a direct result of breaking curfew earlier in the week. … The university continues to study this issue, and is also working to identify all the factors that contributed to the hospitalization of students,” said Gnan.

He said Concordia has “totally intolerant of harassment or retaliation of any kind.”

The Division III Cougars, 8-2, have postponed games that were scheduled for Saturday and last Tuesday.

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