About one year ago, Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel committed suicide; researchers and his family investigate reasons why he might have done this. After careful brain analysis, researchers revealed that Freel had stage two chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a disease which is usually associated with erratic behavior and loss of memory. The disease usually develops because of repetitive brain trauma.
Ryan Freel was the first MLB player to be diagnosed with CTE. Many people fear that, since repetitive brain trauma can be frequent in a sport like baseball, other baseball players will suffer the same disease. Recently, the sport has attracted new educational programs to inform baseball players of the risk of playing the sport. However, some believe that these new educational programs are an overreaction to Freel's incidents, considering that he had several concussions and other head injuries unrelated to baseball.
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