Player Suffers Rhabdo

December 19, 2018

Bedford (N.H.) High School student Nick Esposito was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis after a three-day ice hockey tryout for the school's team. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, each day of the tryouts involved a 45-minute workout similar to cross-fit, as well as 50 minutes on the ice. Andrea Esposito said that on the third day, her son Nick had trouble bending his legs or walking.

“He tried to skate and he really just couldn’t skate,” she said. “Boys will be boys and they don’t want to be wimpy. He kept pushing.”

The next day, Nick's condition worsened, and he was taken to urgent care and found to be suffering from rhabdomyolysis, which causes muscles to break down and release myoglobin into the blood. This makes potassium levels rise and can lead to kidney damage. He was admitted to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, and stayed there for five days.

“His potassium level was off the chart,” Esposito said. “He was about to have a heart attack.”

Esposito accused the district of negligence in Nick's case. She said his legs had swelled to four times their usual size, and no one thought to examine them.

Mike Fournier, Interim Superintendent, said the tryouts were no more rigorous than standard practice, and that Nick, a successful lacrosse player for the district with documents saying he is in good health, did not complain about any unusual symptoms.

“What I am sad about and I feel badly for the student is that he has this condition. Of course no parent or student wants to be dealing with this undiagnosed condition,” Fournier said. “ … There is not a crystal ball the coaches could have seen any more than the parents.”

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