EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern University is investigating whether Rashidi Wheeler and other Wildcats football players took a banned, energy-enhancing supplement before Wheeler collapsed and died on a practice field earlier this month.
"They're just looking at use of supplements -- whether or not that was involved in the death," school spokesman Mike Wolf said Sunday.
Wolf said players are required to inform team trainers of any supplements they are using at the time of their annual physicals. Wheeler passed his physical July 12.
The 22-year-old safety, a chronic asthmatic, died Aug. 3 after he collapsed and was unable to catch his breath. After use of his inhaler didn't help, he stopped breathing and was pronounced dead about an hour later at Evanston Hospital.
Whether Wheeler and other players used a supplement is one question the university is asking as part of its review of what happened the day Wheeler died, what emergency procedures were in place and how those procedures were implemented.
Part of the investigation is whether Wheeler received quick and adequate medical attention by the trainers. Of reports that the trainers were busy assisting other players who had collapsed, Wolf said, "Collapsed is too strong a word."
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