Concealing Concussions

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At age 39, Tom Brady, the greatest of all time, continues to look at his best after recently leading his team to a 5th Super Bowl win. In many interviews, Brady has commented on playing on at least until his mid-40s. However, this quest greatly depends on the health of this future Hall of Famer. ALthough it was known that brady suffered through a few knee and ankle injuries this season, there may have been a more serious injury that he suffered. The graveness of this potential injury is unknown and could get the New England Patriots and/or Tom Brady in some trouble with the NFL and NFLPA.

This past Wednesday, May 17, Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen appeared on CBS This Morning. During that interview, she let it slip that Tom suffered a concussion the past season. “As you know, it’s not the most, like, let’s say ‘unaggressive’ sport. Right? Football. Like, he had a concussion last year,” Bundchen said. “I mean, he has concussions pretty much. We don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through, do that kind of aggression all the time, that can not be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we are 100 (years old) I hope.”

However, Tom Brady didn’t miss any games due to concussion protocol, following his 4 game suspension concerning deflategate.

Brady has not been listed with a concussion on New England’s public injury report dating back to 2003, according to the Boston Herald. Last season, he was only listed with thigh, ankle and knee issues.

“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office. There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.” per an NFL spokesman on Wednesday.

Brady’s Agent Don Yee reported that Brady had no comment on the issue. The NFLPA and NFL will research more on the concussion claim.

Sources

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000809376/article/gisele-tom-brady-suffered-a-concussion-last-season

 http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000809537/article/nfl-no-records-indicate-tom-brady-had-concussion
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