A native of Western Massachusetts and a BMX racer, Jay founded The Knockout Project in November 2012 and is the Project’s Executive Director. Jay was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after his ninth concussion. He was convinced that the aftermath was so awful that word about concussion identification and treatment had to get out to the parents and coaches who were responsible for young athletes. It was after a speech at Baystate Health Systems at his doctors’ behest that Jay decided to focus on tackling concussion education.
Jay still struggles daily with various symptoms, but is dedicated to living as normal a life possible while raising concussion awareness. Officially, Jay was medically retired from racing bicycles in 2011, but he was never able to climb on a bike again after a crash on May, 14, 2010 that led to his eighth concussion.
In January of 2016, Jay was elected to the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and served a two year term.
The Sunday Irish Times, “Keane tackled on head injury views“, Coyle, Colin. 10/2017.
Esquire, “I Played Youth Football For Years. What Will They Find In My Brain?“, O’Neil, Luke. 9/2017.
Rolling Stone, “Dave Mirra’s Tragic Legacy: CTE and Extreme Athletes“, Hyde, Jesse. 9/2016.
Outside Magazine, “Impact Zone“, Koeppel, Dan. 9/2016 (Magazine), 8/2016 (Internet).
Vice, “Meet the BMX Racer Raising Awareness About Concussions in Biking“, O’Neil, Luke. 5/2016.
The Guardian, “Are we a ticking time bomb?’ BMX riders face up to dangers of CTE”, Rosenberg, Cheryl. 5/2016.
Vice, “Doctors Say BMX Pioneer Dave Mirra Had CTE, the Notorious Trauma-Induced Brain Disease“, Vice Staff. 5/2016.
The Guardian, “Concussion Questions Haunt BMX After Dave Mirra’s Death“, Rosenberg, Cheryl. 2/2016.
The Odyssey, “On Concussions: The Knockout Project“, Gaglias, Erin. 11/2015.
Capital News Service, “Teens Turn to Online Support For Concussions”, Bennett, Max and Walther, Rachel. 5/2014.
Outside, “After the Crash: A Closer Look at the Rising Incidence of Brain Injury”, Peruzzi, Marc. 12/2013 (Magazine), 11/2013 (Internet).
The Sentinel, “Knocked Out, But Not Down: Local man makes it his mission to educate people on severity of concussions”, Henderson, Aimee. 10/2013.
The Bleacher Report, “Rugby Player Welfare Part 4: Trying to Shed Light in a Land of All Black”, Hull, Jeff. 8/2013.
MyBikeStand.com, “Jay Fraga, About Helmet Safety”, Cook, Ian. 3/2013.
The Concussion Blog, “Outreach: BMX Athlete – Jay Fraga, His Story, His Words”, Fink, Dustin. 11/2012.
Athlete Minded, “Episode 36: Jay Fraga, Founder of The Knockout Project” Hartnett, Tyson. 5/2016.
Heads ‘n Tales, “Episode 18 : Jay Fraga, Retired BMX Racer & Founder of The Knockout Project” Saum, Kevin. 1/2016.
BMX News, “Announcer’s Tower: “Riding Hurt” with Robinson and Fraga“, Carruth, Michael. 7/2014.
TeamSnap Youth Sports Podcast, “World Cup Head Injuries and the Soccer Concussion Debate”, Cohen, Emily. 7/2014.
ABC 40 / WGGB Television, “The Knockout Project Raising Awareness for Post Concussion Syndrome”, WGGB-TV / ABC40 & FOX6. 3/2014.
Bay Path College Kaleidoscope Series, “Jay Fraga- A Journey Through Concussion”, Bay Path AV. 3/2014.
PBS / WGBY Television, “Connecting Point- Jay Fraga on “Frontline- League of Denial”, the NFL, BMX Racing, CTE, and Concussions”, WGBY TV. 12/2013.
PBS / WGBY Television, “Connecting Point- Featuring Dr Zachary Marowitz of the Baystate Sports Concussion Clinic and Jay Fraga of The Knockout Project”, WGBY TV. 10/2013.
Sugar Cayne, “If You’ve Ever Had A Concussion You Need To Watch This Video”, Cayne, Al. 8/2013.
BMX News, “Announcer’s Tower: Jay Fraga on Concussions”, Carruth, Michael. 7/2013.
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