Enzyme deficiency sidelines Wisconsin freshman Rockwood

A rare blood disorder has sidelined Wisconsin freshman forward Adam Rockwood for the foreseeable future.

The Wisconsin State Journal has reported that Rockwood recently experienced complications associated with a rare enzyme deficiency known as CPT II – a condition that prevents the body from using certain fats for energy, particularly during periods without food. Rockwood has had the condition for eight years and shares the issue with his older brother, Michael.

“We have a good handle on what’s going on,” Badgers’ coach Mike Eaves told the paper. “We have to get his numbers down to a certain level before he can exercise. Once that number’s there and he’s exercising and he feels good, then he’ll keep adding onto that.”

“This is the first real bad one that I’ve had,” Rockwood added. “I need high carbs, low fat.”

Rockwood said he began to have issues after Wisconsin’s games at Colorado College and Denver two weeks ago. He was subsequently hospitalized to get the symptoms under control, but catching the flu didn’t help matters.

This season, Rockwood has one goal and one assist in eight games.

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