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Tua Tagovailoa used jiu-jitsu skills performing a summersault after falling in practice

Tua Tagovailoa (#1) on the field for the Dolphins in 2021 regular season game
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The jiu-jitsu training has been working for Tua Tagovailoa to prevent injuries.

After suffering multiple concussions in 2022, the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins took up judo and jiu-jitsu to help avoid further head and neck injuries. The training is supposed to help Tagovailoa learn how to slide and protect himself from hits.

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Mike McDaniel, the head coach of the Dolphins, has been pleased with the results so far. He told reporters at training camp that Tagovailoa was stepped on and fell backwards during an OTA period. His jiu-jitsu training allowed him to complete a summersault backwards to avoid an injury. McDaniel thought it was ‘pretty sweet’ that his quarterback could do that.

Tagovailoa is taking the mixed martial arts work seriously, as he wants to stay healthy for a full season.

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Miami’s offense has a chance to be very special if he remains healthy.

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