Concussion Issue Enters Baseball World With 1st CTE Diagnosis   Leave a comment

Given the current and on-going issues of concussions in both the NFL and (to a lesser extent) the NHL, this is not good news for sports fans…quoting:

Ryan Freel, who played eight seasons in Major League Baseball, was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide in December 2012, his family announced Sunday, according to the Florida Times-Union. Freel is the first known baseball player to have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has found the disease in numerous deceased former National Football League players.

Freel carried a reputation as a hard-nosed player throughout his Major League career, and his most notable injury came on May 28, 2007, when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds and collided with fellow outfielder Norris Hopper. Freel was knocked out before he hit the ground and was later diagnosed with head and neck contusions.

“I know it was a concussion,” Freel said at the time. “I’ve had them before and know what it is. I was knocked out. Every other time I’ve had concussions, I’ve been knocked out. None of them have been like this. I never had the lingering affects. This is totally different than what I had before.”

At the time, Freel estimated that he had suffered nine or 10 concussions in his life, many of them on the baseball field.

Before his death, Freel had exhibited many of the same signs found in former NFL players who have committed suicide and were later found to be suffering from CTE. He suffered from depression and anxiety and, according to the Times-Union, “family said that they saw a pronounced mental decline in Freel over the final years of his life.”(Think Progress)

Given that, (a)concussions (and the discussions of) are now a regular part of sports world and that (b)medical science knows more about concussions, is it any wonder that Major League Baseball has finally gotten around to banning, for instance, home plate collisions?

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Posted December 16, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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