A few weeks ago my son and I went to watch a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots. Both of us hoped to at least see Tom Brady on the sidelines. Neither of us expected to see him play, though.
Imagine our disappointment when he wasn’t even in the stadium. Nowhere to be found. I found that odd. Afterall, he is a member of the team, isn’t he. Everyone else was there, including Randy Moss, Wes Welker and the head coach. No one else was taking a day off. Why was he.
Anyway, yesterday we tuned into the Patriots v. Chiefs game in the second quarter. And once again, no Tom Brady. This time however, he was in the stadium and he had gotten dressed. He’d even played a few downs.
Where was he now. He was in the locker room having his knee examined. Later in the day it was announced that he may be out for the season. Today it looks official.
If you go back and view the play in which Brady got injured, you’ll find that he was out of position. At the completion of the throw, instead of having a strong base, he was off-balance, straight-legged and totally vulnerable. He didn’t even get hit hard when he was in this position. He’s taken far worse licks than what came his way.
But when you’re out of position, when your body is off-balance, it doesn’t take much to get injured.
This is critically important in today’s world. If you look at the players who get injured and study how
they got injured, you will see this same pattern played over and over.
Because in most sports, balance is assumed. It is NOT taught. This is a huge mistake because almost all injuries come from being out of balance. If your posture and structure are right, it is very difficult to get injured. If your structure is off, even just a little bit, it could be doomsday.
I feel for Tom Brady. He’s one of my favorite players. But I also feel for any athlete, great or not, who was never taught what I’ve learned in my study of Chinese kung fu.
Having phenomenal balance is critical, especially as you age. It’s not uncommon to see people getting hurt stepping sideways off the curb. Why. Balance, posture and weakness due to lack of training.
My Dao Zou program will go a long way in helping to restore good balance in your life – physically and otherwise. It will help give you the feeling of agelessness – opening you up to realms of fitness and health you never thought possible.
P.S. Funny, but after watching the Patriots preseason game, and not being impressed with their reserve quarterbacks, I said, “They better invest in a good back-up. Right now everything depends on Brady. And if he goes out with an injury, the team is in BIG trouble. They need to be like the 49’ers were with Montana and Young. If one quarterback goes out – another guy comes in who is just as devastating, if not more so. I’m sorry to see Brady’s injury. But I think Patriots’ fans are even more sorry. They’ll be lucky to have a .500 season.