Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa missed 5 video games on account of a pair of concussions he suffered throughout the 2022 season, so the 24-year-old is getting inventive in on the lookout for methods to remain more healthy in 2023. In an “Up & Adams” interview at Super Bowl Radio Row on Friday, Tagovailoa mentioned he’s giving martial arts an opportunity.
Specifically, Tagovailoa is attempting judo to learn to fall safely and due to this fact keep away from extra head accidents.
“We’ve received a plan arrange. I’ll be doing judo on Fridays simply in order that I can sort of work out understanding my physique and easy methods to fall,” Tagovailoa mentioned. “I’m not attempting to be a harmful individual in that means, simply attempting to assist myself.”
Tagovailoa made headlines throughout the 2022 season for struggling a number of harmful hits to go. He missed two video games after sustaining a concussion throughout Miami’s loss to the Bengals in Week 4 and was taken off the sphere on a stretcher that evening. His second confirmed concussion occurred in opposition to the Packers on Christmas Day — which in the end ended his season as he stayed in concussion protocol till early February.
There was additionally an incident in September in opposition to the Buffalo Bills during which Tagovailoa was visibly wobbly and struggled to remain on his ft following a late push by linebacker Matt Milano within the first half. Tagovailoa initially left the sphere however ended up returning later within the recreation after clearing concussion protocol. That incident was deemed a again harm by the group.
Like any competitor, Tagovailoa admitted he felt the necessity to get again on the sphere following his Christmas Day harm however was glad he was compelled to take a seat out for his personal security. In an interview with USA Today, Tagovailoa mentioned he felt the protocol “took without end” however added that he was glad his group made him wait.
“(Miami) by no means allowed me to undergo protocol usually till the season was performed,” Tagovailoa mentioned. “They had been defending me from myself. Me and my household are very grateful for the Dolphins.”