Three Teens Hospitalized After Basketball Tryouts

Three Teens Hospitalized After Basketball Tryouts

Three Mississippi teens are hospitalized after trying out for their middle school's basketball team.
FULTON, MS (localmemphis.com) - Three Mississippi teens are hospitalized after trying out for their middle school's basketball team. They were diagnosed with a rare muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis. The three 13 year olds are students at Itawamba Middle School in Fulton, Mississippi. That's about 2 hours southeast of Memphis. The teens are being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

One of the causes for this muscle condition is an intense workout but Le Bonheur and Itawamba Middle School are very tight lipped about this case. It's unclear if the three 13-year olds had physicals before they tried out for the basketball team.

"Three kids at the same school? Yeah I'm surprised," said Bradley Abram. He played basketball for two years at Itawamba College. "When you play high school sports you got to be in shape."

Abram has never heard of this kind of basketball injury.

"I wouldn't expect it for that age honestly."

This also came as a shock to Memphis basketball trainer Scotty Mason.

'It could be family history or it could be a lack of exercise, or maybe they were playing too hard," said Mason.

Mason has been training kids to professional athletes for 15 years. He trains them differently because not everyone is in good shape. Preseason basketball training is going on right now. Mason says it's critical to make sure kids are getting the right physicals before trying out for any kind of school sports, especially basketball.

"Make sure they're healthy before they let them try out with different teams or even before they go out and play, they got to monitor that," he said.

The three teens have been here at Le Bonheur Hospital since last week. A spokesperson told us they're doing much better today.
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