Monday… Did you know? Rhabdo
Rhabdomyolysis: the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin is harmful to the kidney and often causes kidney damage. (nlm.nih.gov) Some people are more susceptible to Rhabdo due to genetic predisposition, medications or other factors. In athletes, rhabdo is typically caused by a combination of continued overexertion and dehydration, and is extremely dangerous if not treated promptly and correctly.
As CrossFit has gained popularity, articles have been written questioning the safety of such intense training programs – you can read more in a LiveStrong article “The Controversy Behind CrossFit” – and the NCAA issued guidelines last year regarding identification and treatment of rhabdo in college athletes, especially after extended breaks from training. But it still happens: 13 Iowa football players ended up in the hospital with rhabdo this January.
The bottom line is, rhabdo is bad, and it’s up to each individual to know his/her limits to prevent it without sacrificing the workout. Be safe, be smart: know your true limits, listen to your body, stay hydrated, and watch for symptoms like unusual swelling, extreme pain, and discolored urine. If any of these symptoms occur, stop exercising and seek immediate medical attention!
To sum it all up, DON’T GET RHABDO!!