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RYAN FREEL RUMORS & GOSSIP

The final days of Ryan Freel

On December 22, 2012, former Cincinnati Reds infielder and outfielder Ryan Freel committed suicide. This week, his family released news that he’d been suffering with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussion-related disease more commonly associated with football players. On the anniversary, Brett Popplewell at SportsNet writes about Freel’s tragic life and his sad final...
Via Red Hot Mama
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel's CTE diagnosis shows why MLB must take greater measures against concussions

It was surely a coincidence that Ryan Freel's family found out that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease on the same day that MLB announced that home plate collisions were no longer allowed in the game beginning next season. But the timing may have been serendipitous.  There isn't a direct connection between the two, at least as far as we know. But of the 10 concussions...
Via The Outside Corner
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Late baseball player Ryan Freel suffered from CTE

Former baseball player Ryan Freel, who played for the Kansas City Royals, was announced to have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide in December 2012. Between 2001 to 2009, Freel played for five different major league teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cincinnati Reds. He retired on May 17th, 2010 while playing for Somerset Patriots...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel Found to Have CTE, Spreading Concussion, Head Trauma Concerns to Baseball, Other Non-Collision Sports

While concussion and neurology experts have long emphasized that destructive head trauma can happen in any sport, football and hockey have taken most of the headlines during the recent upswing in awareness about the long-term effects of head hits in sports. That may not change anytime soon, considering the disproportionate amount of possible cases in collision sports compared to...
Via NESN.com
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel had CTE at time of suicide

A lot of attention has been paid this year to the issue of concussions in football -- so much so that it's easy to overlook the impact of brain injuries in other sports. Sunday will mark one year since Ryan Freel committed suicide. The eight-year Major League veteran was known for his all-out style of play, his willingness to crash into walls to make a play and an eccentric personality...
Via The Outside Corner
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Ryan Freel was diagnosed with CTE year before suicide

As the sports and medical community begin to learn more about the toll that head contact and physical play take on the human body over time, the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville.com) Justin Barney is reporting that former Cincinnati Reds IF/OF Ryan Freel suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) just before he took his own life a year ago this month.  Freel’s brain...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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