Tom Brady says concussion protocols should start with prevention

Even as his own team faces in-depth questions about concussion protocols, Tom Brady addressed the issue Monday on his weekly podcast, making two separate points.

First, concussions are a fact of life in any violent contact sport. And two, any changes to NFL concussion protocols should start with prevention.

“I think these (protocols) are all being evaluated, no doubt. But at the same time, again, I think a lot of things focus on the aftermath of that,” Brady told host Jim Gray on his “Let’s Go! podcast.

“What can we do in advance to help us as athletes to be able to manage the physical elements of sport? Because you’re not going to be able to take them out of the sport. It’s just not the reality. If you want to play two-handed touch football, there won’t be many people logging on.

The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to update concussion protocols after Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered frightening injuries in back-to-back games just four days apart. Then on Sunday night, Bucs tight end Cameron Brate remained on the field and was targeted three times by Brady after a violent collision with teammate Chris Godwin.

“I watch boxing and I watch the UFC, and people often get knocked out. It’s part of playing these very physical sports, and all of them have risks associated with them,” Brady said.

“Nobody ever wants to see somebody get hurt, nobody ever wants to see anybody get hurt, nobody ever wants to see a concussion…but it does happen. And I think, how can we treat them from the best way possible?What are the best practices associated with preventing them, and if you do get them, how do you recover as quickly as possible?

“So I think that should be a priority as well. How you implement these protocols for athletes is something we should all think about so we can do a better job in the future.

Preventative measures mentioned by Brady, 45, include better nutrition, optimal hydration, exercise and proper recovery. Greater emphasis on those habits, he suggested, could lessen the lingering effects (arthritis, chronic pain, etc.) associated with an NFL career.

The problem? All require constant discipline, a sticking point for many.

“You have to allocate time to prevention,” he said. “That’s not necessarily how humans are wired, though. Humans don’t want to take time in advance to prevent something that could become a problem in the future. So I think you have to put the education around, ‘What should I do to prevent long-term pain?’

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Other topics covered by Brady on Monday:

His shoulder, which he appeared to injure on Sunday night after being sacked by Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (and fumbling):

“My shoulder is fine, just a few bumps and bruises. I kind of took a hit on that, had treatment (Monday), had a bit (Sunday) overnight, so I’m sure it’ll be fine in the end. Thank goodness for (longtime coach) Alex (Guerrero), who always took good care of me.

The Bucs’ setbacks in the rushing game (3 rushing yards on six attempts Sunday night):

“I think a lot of it comes down to playing from behind, where you get one-dimensional and you throw the ball around so much. But at the same time, we need to be productive when performing it. So putting us in the right running game, giving our guys the right angles and the right opportunities to have some confidence that we can gain yards when you give the ball away.

The impact of Hurricane Ian on Florida:

“So many people in Florida have sadly lost so much. And I know that everyone on our team and it’s part of the Tampa community are going to do what they can to help all the victims of a really difficult event. So it was a huge storm, it had a huge and unfortunate impact on the state and it’s going to take a long time for people to rebuild their lives, so it’s a unique challenge for our team. unique for the community. This is an unfortunate challenge for the state and for our country.

Her favorite dessert:

“Key lime pie, baby. It’s my number 1.

Looking at his son Jack, a free high school quarterback/safety:

“I never could have imagined him in high school. I never imagined him playing football, so going out and watching him play is so much fun for me. And I don’t care what he does, I love to watch him and see him having fun with his friends.

On whether Jack is a better athlete than him at this point, or a grinder like his dad:

“He’s a grinder and he’s a very good athlete; excellent hand-eye coordination. In fact, he moves better than me at his age.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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