Houston student women's soccer team forced to do 'punishment workouts' hospitalizing one it's claims

Mail Online | 6/13/2019 | Josh Saunders For Dailymail.com
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The University of Houston women's soccer coach has been accused of forcing players to do 'punishment workouts' that led to serious injuries, one being hospitalized for five days.

A student, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke out to Houston Channel 2, about the exercises allegedly enforced by staff in February last year.

Team - Planks - Runs - People - Ground

She claimed the team was punished with excessive up-down, planks and shuttle runs to point that people 'were crying' and could 'barely push themselves off the ground.'

Two players had allegedly stolen food intended for the football team, she claimed, which lead coaches to start the 'punishment workouts.'

Head - Coach - Diego - Bocanegra - F***

She claimed that Head Coach Diego Bocanegra shouted at them: 'Get up, Get the f*** up. This is your fault. Get up.'

After the ordeal finished one student checked herself into hospital, after developing what looked like 'a tennis ball sticking out of her arm.'

Observation - Days - Rhabdomyolysis

She was kept under observation for five days after being diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, shortened to 'Rhabdo.'

The syndrome brought on by extreme stress causes muscle fibers to die, releasing toxins into the bloodstream, according to WebMD.

Damage - Kidney - Failure - Cases - Death

This can lead to organ damage, including kidney failure that in rare cases can lead to death.

There will now be a joint investigation by the institution's System Audit and Compliance, with a statement from University of Houston calling for 'swift action' to ensure the 'health and well being' of students.

Student - Channel - Players - Afterwards - Others

The student told Channel 2 that players felt 'tortured almost' afterwards, she said: "Others are scared to speak out and I am too, but someone has to.

'He just told us to get up and go to the center of the field, and we all knew -- we have done up-downs before as a punishment -- so we all knew we were going to do up-downs and it was just a matter of how many.


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