What We Can Learn from “The TB12 Method”

“Today, I look back and think, Thank God I did it differently. Thank God I had the courage to step outside the conventional wisdom. Thank God I followed what my heart, mind, and body were always telling me—that the things we were working on would allow me to do things that I always wanted to accomplish in my sport.”

It’s Sunday of Week 4, and hate him or love him, “The G.O.A.T.” Tom Brady will improve his New England Patriots to 3-1 today (edit: jinxed that one). I picked up his new book The TB12 Method and wanted to share a few highlights (color-coded to separate them all).

The tl;dr version of his story is that after tearing his ACL in the 2008 season opener, and then having complications with his surgeries, he decided to start asking better questions about how to prepare his body and mind through training, diet/hydration, meditation/positive mindset, and rest/recovery protocols.  He listened to his body and knew that the “bigger, stronger, faster” model wasn’t working for him, so he and his trainer followed a system completely contra to the rest of the NFL.  Nine healthy seasons and two more Super Bowl rings later, he’s dropped this book about his journey through health and achieving long-term sustained peak performance. 

Undeniable with his rings (that was supposed to be a 5) and watching him still get better at age 40!

What actually happens when an injury occurs? An injury takes place when one of our muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones is unable to absorb or disperse the amount of force placed on it. Put simply, when any of these body parts comes up against more force, or stress, than it can handle, an injury happens. Are injuries avoidable? Certainly not all of them, but many of them are. I recently read a comment given by a professional soccer coach after a game in which one of his players got injured. “Injuries happen,” he said. “They’re part of a player’s life, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.” I don’t completely agree. What if, instead of accepting injury as inevitable and a part of what it means to play sports, trainers and coaches began incorporating pliability training into the traditional strength and conditioning system, educating bodies to absorb and disperse the forces placed upon them? With pliability acting as a form of the body’s defense system against external forces, I believe many of those “inevitable” injuries could be avoided.

Brady, Tom. The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance (Kidle Locations 169-177). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

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