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Former Rival defends Iowa strength program

[ 4 ] January 29, 2011 |

A former rival strength and conditioning coach vouched for the credibility of the Iowa strength program in the wake of Hawkeye football players being hospitalized after a strenuous workout.
Former Iowa State strength and conditioning coach Matt McGettigan this week defended the Iowa strength program, based on past results.
“There’s not been a trend of this happening at Iowa, and it’s not like Chris Doyle to all of a sudden throw everything successful that he’s done over the years out the window,” said McGettigan, the strength and conditioning coach for the Air Force football program.
“We all know the body of successful work he’s done at Iowa. They’ve had great success with what he’s done over the years.”
McGettigan was an assistant strength coach at Notre Dame in 1991 when Doyle was an Irish graduate assistant. McGettigan and Doyle opposed one another at Iowa State and Iowa, respectively, between 1999 and 2006.
“Given Chris’ proven track record, it makes no sense to me what happened,” McGettigan said, adding that his knowledge consisted of what he read in newspaper accounts. “Why would Chris all of a sudden change what he’s been successful at? He’s been there and he’s done that.”
When asked about something outside the training room triggering Rhabdomyolysis, which players were diagnosed to have, McGettigan said that’s a possibility.
Dr. John Graves of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Tulsa assistant strength and conditioning assistant Paul Arndorfer raised that point in separate interviews with The Des Moines Register recently Thursday.
No one in an official capacity has said what triggered the Rhabdomyolysis. Web MD lists the performance-enhancing supplement Creatine and alcohol as possible contributors to dehydration associated with Rhabdomyolysis.

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