Football player hospitalized after coach ordered 400 push-ups
Few Texas high school Soccer the players were hospitalized after their coach allegedly forced them to do 400 push-ups as punishment, multiple outlets reported.
Head coach of the football team at Rockwall-Heath High School, John Harrellhas since been suspended and placed on administrative leave after a group of his players needed medical attention during an off-season training session last Friday (January 6), according to Fox 4 News.
High school football coach accused of punishing players with ‘large number of push-ups’
Harrell was accused of asking the students to do “a large number of push-ups as a way to discipline the players. The head coach has been with the program since 2019.
Meanwhile, the school’s principal, Todd Bradford, has sent a letter to parents confirming that some students “need medical attention” and that “some” were even hospitalized.
At least eight players were sent to the hospital, Dallas Morning News report.
This is a photo of Coach John Harrell taken by Rockwall ISD when he was recruited.
A source close to the team told me that the student-athletes were forced to do nearly 400 push-ups in a 60-minute period of athletics as punishment.
The district did not tell me how many people were hospitalized. pic.twitter.com/35qbwPUuNC
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) January 11, 2023
One parent of a hospitalized player said their child was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a serious medical condition that occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases proteins and electrolytes into the bloodstream. This condition can cause permanent disability and even death.
The unnamed parent told the news agency that the group had to do hundreds of push-ups in just an hour.
Students forced to do hundreds of push-ups in an hour without drinking water or taking breaks, parents say
The parent added that the student-athletes were also not allowed to take breaks and not drink water.
“[Coach Harrell’s] Luffy says:
JUST IN: Rockwall-Heath’s varsity football coach, John Harrell, is now on administrative leave pending a third-party investigation after several students needed medical attention/hospitalization after an offseason workout last Friday.
This letter 👇🏻 was sent to parents today. pic.twitter.com/nL28qdGOZn
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) January 10, 2023
The district said it hired a third party to investigate the complaints, putting the coach on administrative leave
The school district, which has hired an “independent third party” to investigate the complaints, issued a statement saying that “the school district is also taking interim action” as that investigation unfolds. .
“The district is also taking interim action, including but not limited to, placing Coach Harrell on administrative leave while the investigation is pending and notifying the appropriate external agencies.”
The district added that it has been in contact with the families and athletes affected.