FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2008 US OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST AND THREE TIME WORLD CHAMPION BMX RACER DONNY “dR” ROBINSON JOINS THE KNOCKOUT PROJECT’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Belchertown, Massachusetts – January 17, 2013- The concussion education initiative, “The Knockout Project”, announced today the appointment of Donny Robinson to its board, the “KO Roundtable”.
Robinson, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medalist in BMX Racing, brings valuable experience, knowledge, and reflection to the table in terms of concussive history. Robinson has suffered over twenty concussions in his two decades worth of racing. Recently, Donny has been speaking out to racers and parents about a subject that he never really thought twice about; while trying to convey the serious nature of identifying concussions, sitting out until healed, and seeking a doctor’s advice before returning to action.
Team USA’s Donny Robinson on the Olympic Podium in Beijing
“I’m thrilled to add Donny to the fold”, said Jay Fraga, Founder of The Knockout Project. “We’ve been friends for a long time and have had many talks about injuries, symptoms, etc in the last few years. One thing I think we both agree on is that as BMX racers, we just never knew that we shouldn’t be pushing through concussive injuries. We hope to usher in a new era of knowledge and understanding when it comes to BMX Racers and all athletes.”
Said Robinson, “Injuries are an inevitable part of sport and we all have to live with them- most, with no long-term effects or inconveniences. However, as I learn from others, and from my own personal experience, I see that the effects that concussions can have on individuals may in fact be life-altering. I have been very lucky, but in no way immune to the symptoms of repeated head trauma, so the chance to be a part of The Knockout Project to help myself gain more understanding, but also the resources to better share and protect others, is a priceless opportunity.”
ABOUT THE KNOCKOUT PROJECT:
Founded in November 2012, The Knockout Project was an answer to an athlete’s struggles while dealing with the aftermath of Post-Concussion Syndrome. Those struggles manifested themselves in a number of ways, including physically, cognitively, and emotionally. That athlete was determined to educate others so that they didn’t make the same mistakes that he did- in the hope that others would avoid a similar fate.
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