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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Woman’s University has retained the services of Buckner, a sports and education law firm, to conduct an independent external investigation into what caused eight student-athletes to be hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.

“The health and well-being of our student-athletes is our top priority,”  said the statement from TWU to the entire campus. “Buckner’s investigation will build upon the University’s ongoing internal investigation to determine what led to this happening, and what we can to do to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Findings are expected to be released in 90 days.

Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome that causes a breakdown of muscle tissue and releases a damaging protein into the blood.

The student-athletes were part of the school’s volleyball team.

Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis can include muscle pain or weakness, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, fever and a rapid heart rate.

All of the student-athletes impacted by this condition are out of the hospital.

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