Originally Posted by Ed Haywood
Does age make you more susceptible?
Just wondering, because I've seen thousands of young men intentionally driven to exhaustion and collapse in the military, but never saw "rhabdo". Now all of a sudden you do an extra 2 thrusters and people are shrieking "watch out for rhabdo". I don't mean to downplay the danger, but I wonder if the power of suggestion is making people overly sensitive to a relatively rare hazard. I'd almost call it hysteria, but that is an inflammatory term.
The military is very aware of rhabdo and tends to react well and quickly to providing appropriate and timely treatment for instances of rhabdo - perhaps that is why it isn't heard a lot about publicly. A friend of mine's son-in-law joined the Marines recently and promptly came down with rhabdo - a pretty acute case, it sounds like - and was sidelined for about 6 weeks. His trainers knew what they were dealing with and pulled him out and got him to the hospital quickly, thank God.