Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion issues were relevant much through the 2022 season. He has to find a way to take less damage to the head if he wants to keep playing.
During an appearance on the Up and Adams Show with Amy Adams, the Miami Dolphins quarterback revealed he would be taking Judo lessons this offseason.
For anyone unfamiliar with Judo, it’s a type of mixed martial art that relies heavily on takedowns. One of the first things it teaches you is how to properly fall without taking damage.
So, it’s a rather smart decision by Tua Tagovailoa, as learning how to fall could make a huge difference for him. Especially considering most of his concussions happened while he was falling to the ground.
However, it appears NFL fans are somehow befuddled by Tagovailoa’s decision. And of course, some are making Judo jokes.
man lol a 250 plus rusher coming at you no way you can properly fall rubbish.
— Osl (@Bx_Kid86) February 23, 2023
If Tua Tagovailoa Judo chops someone on the field I will buy his jersey.
I hope it works for him and others. pic.twitter.com/8h0ZqEMM2E
— Garrett (@IAmGaroott) February 23, 2023
This lady gets it.
This is actually pretty smart. The guy obs wants to succeed. I hope it helps.
— ChiefsChickTX (@chiefschicktx) February 23, 2023
Wouldn’t that be something?
Watch someone get DROPPED tryna tackle tua 🤣🤣
— Marshall Tha Man (@MarshallMayne) February 23, 2023
Mr. Miyagi definitely approves.
— Russian Reaper (@ReaperRussian) February 23, 2023
At the end of the day, this is an incredibly smart way for Tua Tagovailoa to try and avoid head injuries while falling. It’s not that different from when quarterbacks learn how to slide from baseball coaches.
We just hope this training works and Tagovailoa stays healthy on the field next season and beyond.