Brady to keep any past med­i­cal is­sues pri­vate

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Andy Cross, Den­ver Post file By Kyle Hightower

The As­so­ci­ated Press Tom Brady said he prefers to keep any med­i­cal is­sues in his past pri­vate, in­clud­ing whether he had a con­cus­sion last sea­son.

In his first com­ments since the Pa­tri­ots opened train­ing camp, the quar­ter­back said Fri­day he is “not blind” to is­sues such as CTE, but re­mains con­fi­dent in how he tries to avoid in­jury.

Brady’s wife, su­per­model Gisele Bund­chen, told “CBS This Morn­ing” in May that Brady played through a con­cus­sion on his way to a fifth Su­per Bowl ti­tle. She also al­luded to other con­cus­sions he has had dur­ing his ca­reer.

He de­clined to say whether her com­ments were ac­cu­rate, adding, “I don’t want to get into things that hap­pened in my past, cer­tain med­i­cal his­tory and so forth.”

The NFL said it re­viewed all re­ports from in­de­pen­dent neu­ro­trauma con­sul­tants and train­ers who worked at Brady’s games dur­ing the 2016 sea­son and found no records that in­di­cated he had a head in­jury or showed con­cus­sion symp­toms.

Brady, who turned 40 on Thurs­day, hasn’t missed a reg­u­lar-sea­son game be­cause of in­jury since tear­ing a lig­a­ment in his left knee in the sea­son opener in 2008.

“I re­ally don’t think that’s any­body’s busi­ness, what hap­pened last year and I’m fo­cused on this year and im­prov­ing and work­ing on things I need to get bet­ter at,” he said.

Brady sat out the first four games of the 2016 sea­son as pun­ish­ment for his role in the “De­flate­gate” scan­dal. He missed prac­tice late in the sea­son for leg, thigh and an­kle in­juries.

But he wasn’t listed on the league-re­quired in­jury re­ports for a con­cus­sion or head in­jury at any point dur­ing the 2016 cal­en­dar year or 2016 sea­son.

A re­cently re­leased study by the brain bank at Bos­ton Univer­sity found ev­i­dence of dis­ease in the brains of 110 of 111 for­mer NFL play­ers it ex­am­ined. It linked re­peated head blows as the cul­prit, in what is the largest up­date on chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy, or CTE, a de­bil­i­tat­ing brain dis­ease that can cause a range of symp­toms, in­clud­ing mem­ory loss.

Brady said he tries to learn from ath­letes who came be­fore him.

“I’m con­fi­dent in what I do,” he said.

He’s now the old­est player on the Pa­tri­ots ros­ter. Brady said he has no plans of slow­ing down.

“I’ve got a great reg­i­men and it’s a process for me,” he said. “The best part about it is I en­joy what I’m do­ing so it never re­ally feels like I’m work­ing at it be­cause I re­ally love do­ing it . ... Hope­fully (I can) just keep it go­ing.”

He also main­tained his de­sire to play at least an­other five years.

“I’ve never thought about not play­ing. At least un­til my mid-40s, I said, so that’s a pretty good goal in and of it­self,” Brady said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.