Tua Tagovailoa Dec 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) stands on the field during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Miami Dolphins star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled to stay available and on the field, missing several games due to a number of head injuries he sustained throughout the season. But it sounds like he spent the entire offseason making sure that doesn’t happen again.

During a recent press conference, Tua Tagovailoa claimed all of his offseason work this year revolved around making sure he stays healthy and able to play through the entire 2023 season, including jiu-jitsu training as well as weight lifting to get bigger and stronger.

“Just a lot of heavier weights, a lot more reps with the heavier weights,” Tagovailoa said according to Pro Football Talk. “Everything I did this offseason entailed to what would keep me on the field for the entirety of the season. We understand that freaky things can happen. it’s football, it’s a physical sport, not everything you prepare for is what you can get. But I did the best I could to get myself ready and prep for this season as far as injuries go.”

Tagovailoa also revealed that he will be wearing a new helmet that is specially designed to protect quarterbacks from head injuries when their head hits the turf.

“If you look at last year, it wasn’t anyone hitting my head, it was really just the ground,” Tagovailoa said.

We’ll have to see if those changes make a difference this upcoming season.

[Pro Football Talk]