Guide to Baseball-Related Brain Injury
While contact sports such as football and boxing are usually associated with injury to the head, baseball-related brain injury occurs often. It ranks third after bicycling and football in terms of the number of head injuries. Boston University researchers found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in major league baseball players. Ryan Freel, a major league utility player, committed suicide in 2012 after suffering 10 concussions in his career. During the autopsy, it was found that Freel suffered from CTE. Since baseball season is about to begin, let’s look at baseball-related brain injury and rule changes that have the potential of decreasing TBI in players.