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Tom Brady turns to brain exercises to stay sharp, healthy

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Every player in the NFL spends time in the offseason making sure that his body is fit enough to perform at a high level when it is time to prepare for the coming season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t stop there, though. He and his trainer Alex Guerrero worked to develop a series of cognitive exercises to keep Brady’s brain in peak condition. The work started as Brady looked for a way to sharpen his decision-making skills and Guerrero gave him a baseline scan of neurological function to see areas where they could work to make Brady’s performance even better.

“Like everything with your body, you don’t want something to work too hard, and you don’t want something to work not enough,” Brady said on WEEI, via CSNNE.com. “I think finding that balance in your brain or in your body is how you optimize your performance. You figure out where deficiencies are. Where you’re out of range, and you exercise to bring yourself back to range so you can continue to do the things you want to do as long as you want. Just because you get older, I’ve said this before, you can sustain peak performance as long as you can … Your memory or whatever the things that you need to do to work on, you can sustain those things a lot longer than you realize. I think that’s something that I’ve learned and that I’m going to continue to do as long as I’m here.”

Guerrero also told the Boston Herald that the work can help with brain resiliency and mentioned Brady’s former teammate Wes Welker, who suffered another concussion over the weekend, as someone he has worked with on that front. As technology makes more and more information about the way the brain works, there will be more ways for athletes to use those advances to benefit their own preparation and performance. If it can also mitigate the damage done by head injuries, it should become widespread very quickly.

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40 Responses to “Tom Brady turns to brain exercises to stay sharp, healthy”
  1. bonnovi says: Aug 25, 2014 11:18 AM

    Well, isn’t that special.

  2. scrp2 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:20 AM

    Convincing Tom Brady to retire in a couple of years will make the Brett Favre fiasco seem like walk in the park.

  3. chinahand11 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:24 AM

    Thank you, Scorp2. I can see the carnival wagons pulling into Boston now, with Favre in the lead with a big grin on his face.

  4. 700levelvet says: Aug 25, 2014 11:26 AM

    I do crossword puzzles as well

  5. drewzducks says: Aug 25, 2014 11:28 AM

    Meanwhile, in East Rutherford, Rex has Geno and Vick playing Hangman and Tic Tac Toe.

  6. dickshotdogs says: Aug 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    He is simply the greatest QB to ever play the game.

  7. steelers4385 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    The guy is the best. I cant say it enough. And im a steelers fan.

  8. spoilerfutbol says: Aug 25, 2014 11:32 AM

    The difference between a no-skill, underdog, 6th round QB who became one of the best ever working hard every day, studying the game and Manziel who is bussy in parties.

  9. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 25, 2014 11:33 AM

    Brady is a freak man.

  10. statsdolie says: Aug 25, 2014 11:37 AM

    Yes let’s criticize someone attempting to better themselves seems logical.

  11. tigerlilac says: Aug 25, 2014 11:39 AM

    The difference between Brady and Favre is that Tom believes you have to earn your NFL job with your performance (and that you need to work hard to perform at a peak level). If their was ever a guy that could rest on his laurels and enjoy all his blessings (wife, kids, home, lifestyle, community standing) its Brady but instead he just keeps working; and he does it without being a jerk.

  12. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    right there with Jordan as one of the most competitive athletes the world has ever seen.. he could’ve closed the book on a HOF career already & had Gisele feed him grapes all day, but his desire to compete & win can’t be extinguished

  13. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 25, 2014 11:42 AM

    There is no cognitive exercise for over throwing your receivers during an AFC Championship game and getting whipped by Lord Manning (again) in the title game.

  14. revren10 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:47 AM

    Greatest of all time. Long live Brady and the Patriots

  15. scw1993 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:49 AM

    Brady tries to be a better player using brain exercises, and he’s roundly criticized. Mr. Wonderful in Denver meets with his OC in the offseason, which is against the rules, “to try to get better” and everyone just soaks it up. Two vastly different qbs, I’ll take Brady everyday over the choker.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 25, 2014 11:50 AM

    “Your memory or whatever the things that you need to do to work on, you can sustain those things a lot longer than you realize.”

    He’s working on instant recall of spygate tapes, to once again help him get a ring.

  17. flmike says: Aug 25, 2014 11:55 AM

    The ultimate system QB in the ultimate QB system…a perfect fit, otherwise it would have been Tom Who?

  18. cobrala2 says: Aug 25, 2014 12:16 PM

    Seems logical, yes but the proof is dubious.

    Google “Do Brain Games Work” and you’ll see a lot of hype with little substance.

  19. terripet says: Aug 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    the 5 yard passer has a brain who new.

  20. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    Whether it works or not the take-away is that this guy who has tens of millions of dollars and three championships will still try anything to be the best quarterback he can be. Tell your kids about Tom Brady.

  21. iglen31 says: Aug 25, 2014 12:38 PM

    Do you realize how many “systems” the patriots have run under Brady? Do some research

  22. patfanken says: Aug 25, 2014 12:48 PM

    Hard to believe there are still some delusional fans who think that Manning, who, after 16 years, STILL isn’t hasn’t won 50% of his playoff games; is better than Tom Brady. Jealousy and envy truly DOES make you stupid

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 25, 2014 12:52 PM

    Can you imagine the number of rings Manning would have if he knew the defensive play signals.

  24. rc33 says: Aug 25, 2014 12:57 PM

    “…and the Lord Manning said, “I will throweth the ball to Tracy Porter on the games’ biggest stage when it matters most.’ “

  25. Punk says: Aug 25, 2014 12:58 PM

    Well it’s not really helped Wes Welker with concussions, has it?

  26. rebosprj says: Aug 25, 2014 12:59 PM

    Stupid is, stupid says. They would be the first one screaming for there team to get him if he ever hit free agency. I dont call them haters anymore, i actually feel bad for them because they are either clueless about football, or they are extremely jealous of the most successful organization in the last decade and not going away anytime soon, hint, have yall seen Galapolo !

  27. dsigrey says: Aug 25, 2014 1:16 PM

    Punk says:
    Aug 25, 2014 12:58 PM
    Well it’s not really helped Wes Welker with concussions, has it?

    ***************************************

    Wes has already missed the same number of games with Denver as he missed in his entire time with the Pats. Brady always put the ball where he could avoid the type of hit he took over the weekend. I hope Wes doesn’t suffer from the effects of these injuries in the future, but I’m sure he will.

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 25, 2014 1:29 PM

    “or they are extremely jealous of the most successful organization in the last decade…”

    Let’s see, in the last 10 years (2004) the team I root for has gone to 3 SB’s, winning 2. Meanwhile, the pats have 0 SB’s in that same time frame. You must have one of those other definitions of “success”, or have been asleep the last 10 years.

  29. stoogy says: Aug 25, 2014 1:41 PM

    Has Brady ever led his team to .500 or below?

  30. surfinbird1 says: Aug 25, 2014 2:14 PM

    Give Manning all the signals you want and he’ll still pee down his leg in the big one and then throw his team mates under the bus.

  31. idpfantasyfootball says: Aug 25, 2014 3:15 PM

    “Just because you get older, I’ve said this before, you can sustain peak performance as long as you can …”

    …and then there are pharmaceuticals…

  32. apollo1989 says: Aug 25, 2014 3:31 PM

    Has Brady ever led his team to .500 or below?

    —————————-

    The most games he’s ever lost in a season was 7 in 2002, also the only year he hasn’t won the division as a starting quarterback (obviously the 14 minutes he played in 2008 do not count)

  33. rebosprj says: Aug 25, 2014 6:33 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:

    And then they were mediocre the other years. The Patriots are never mediocre, thats my definition of success….

  34. rebosprj says: Aug 25, 2014 6:37 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 25, 2014 12:52 PM
    Can you imagine the number of rings Manning would have if he knew the defensive play signals.

    Lets see, the colts got the rules the same was as every team before 2006, so based on that stupid comment, i will go with Zero…

    Brady got all of his rings before 2006, nice try, thanks for playing and please take a mint on the way out….

  35. rebosprj says: Aug 25, 2014 6:38 PM

    Errrr, meant defensive signals…

  36. stoogy says: Aug 25, 2014 7:06 PM

    Don’t pay attention to crown, he actually believes Ben is a better qb than Tom. He has no credibility.

  37. brazzz01 says: Aug 25, 2014 7:45 PM

    Let’s see, in the last 10 years (2004) the team I root for has gone to 3 SB’s, winning 2. Meanwhile, the pats have 0 SB’s in that same time frame. You must have one of those other definitions of “success”, or have been asleep the last 10 years.

    What team are you referring to? Clearly you don’t mean the Steelers…because they didn’t win squat. The refs gave them both titles. It only counts when you earn it, sorry.

  38. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 25, 2014 9:04 PM

    Since he entered the league, no QB has had more success. That’s a fact, stoogy.

  39. swagger52 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:35 AM

    I just wonder how they got Brady’s aarse in the MRI machine.

  40. swagger52 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:37 AM

    Somebody once said…. A fool and his money soon part.

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