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“Makes Perfect Sense”: Former Us Olympian’s Odd Suggestion to Tua Tagovailoa’s Concussion Scare Got Fans Connecting the Dots

Published 02/23/2023, 2:06 PM EST

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The game has been quite unfair to the Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailova who suffered several concussions last season. In fact, his injuries paved the way for the NFL to amend its policies and introduce new concussion protocols. Although such measures still won’t guarantee players of their safety, former US Olympian Jason Morris came up with a smart approach to tackle those situations.

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One of the prime reasons behind concussions is the players keep hitting their heads on the ground. While they fall, there is no control over the body, and the sudden impulse generated through this action becomes the root cause of this entire injury. To put an end to this situation, Morris, who happens to be a Judoka, advised the quarterback to practice Judo in his routine. This will help him fall properly without taking any hits.


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For some, it might appear a weird suggestion; however, the Olympian justified his solution by talking about the nuances of Judo techniques. Instead of delivering the message directly, the veteran utilized NBC Sports as a medium to suggest his view.

“I was watching your show with Peter King talking about Tua’s concussion situation and the fact he keeps hitting his head on the ground,” Morris said.

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“I have forever thought and wanted the NFL to employ an expert Judo player/coach to teach the football players a little Judo, which starts with learning how to fall properly as we take tons of falls every day but know how to naturally take that fall without hitting our heads,” he added.

Well, these statements instantly caught the attention of fans. Netizens started pouring their thoughts over this matter.

Interestingly, the quarterback has already included Judo as part of his routine. Ever since he returned after the medical procedure, the passer had spoken about the importance of other techniques to heal and prevent such accidents.

Tua Tagovailoa has no intention to stop


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Last season happened to be a roller coaster ride for the quarterback, especially because of his back-to-back injuries. His first experience against the Bengals terrified the entire NFL fanbase. Experts claimed that he might seek retirement following the season.

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But for Tagovailoa, the passion for this game is on another level. “I’ve had all the information that I need to move forward with the decision that I made with me, and my wife and my family,” Tagovailoa said in an interview.\


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“You’re playing this sport understanding and knowing the precautions. These things can happen. It’s football. It’s a physical sport.” he added. It will be interesting to see how much Judo helps Tagovailoa to prevent himself from taking hits against the turf.



Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published 1500+ articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

Edited By: Arijit Saha