What Brought You Here?

Welcome to “What Brought You Here?”, which is an exclusive feature at The Knockout Project.

In this segment, we go over our site statistics and view the questions and search terms that people have typed into search engines which ultimately led them here, to our website. Each week, members of The Knockout Project Round Table (our Board of Directors), answer those questions here in a short series of videos. This way, we feel that we are interacting in the most useful manner possible with the people that are coming to our website looking for answers.

We don’t rely solely on site metrics for this initiative. If you have a question, send it to us at inbox@theknockoutproject.org .

Video 1- 10/21/13: Rest

Video 2- 10/27/13: Amantadine

6 thoughts on “What Brought You Here?

  1. Tony Clemenson

    Listen to Jay talk to a BMX Mom online about her sons injury. I to had injuries that I think all kids need to know what can and will happen if you ignore the symptoms of these injuries. If any thing so I can keep today youth from making the same mistakes I made an I made most of them..

  2. Brent

    My good friend Curtis Jackson was kind enough to send this like on to me, he knows I have been fighting PCS for a decade now. I believe there need to be more open discussion with in the athletes then selves not just something they just hide away. If an athletes as any concern they should seek out help medically and support system directly. Massachusetts has the State Head Injury Program ( SHIP) other states have similar services get them involved right away.

  3. velvetpuzzle

    I’ve been dealing with PCS for 5 months now and have had relatives searching for information online for me. I’m so excited to find this site months later, now that I am back online myself. However, I do wish we had been able to find it sooner. I stumbled upon it after googling “post concussion syndrome fluorescent lights” because I had a scary experience with fluorescent lights causing symptoms. I wish it had come up in the top ten websites when I googled “Post concussion syndrome.”

    This site has been invaluable in validating my experiences as a person with PCS. Finding this story http://theknockoutproject.org/?p=212 made me feel better in a way that nothing else had in the five months of my journey so far. I sincerely hope this website gets promoted more. I told my physical therapists about it, and will tell my doctors too when I see them. I’ve posted it to Facebook. It fills a need that none of the endless pages of symptoms and causes can.

    I would also love to see the site be more accessible for those of us who currently have PCS. This white background is brutal!! I keep the brightness on my computer monitor turned way down because I know backlit screens have a specific frequency that hurts people with PCS (I hear they’re developing a screen without this frequency but it isn’t on the market yet!). Even still–there are many other websites with a less bright background color that are much easier for me to look at.

    And videos? Forget it!! I can’t watch those!! But I would love some audio files please, where the content is designed to be understood without watching a video. Accessibility is so important here.

    As someone who was in Quality Assurance for software before PCS I am happy to spend more time thinking about how to make the site more accessible if that helps!! In the meantime, thank you, a million times over, for creating this site.

    1. jfraga Post author

      Thank you very much for the nice words and the suggestions! We’re constantly trying to make the site better, but updates are typically hamstrung by- you guessed it: PCS. I still suffer from a number of facets of it and do the best that I can. – Jay

  4. Merlin. Jay

    Dec 24/72 while playing junior hockey as a 17 year old my life change forever. A perfect hip check,my head hit the ice very hard. During the next 9 monthes I had 5 operations . The first of which should have killed me. I am a one of a very big number. In a coma for a time. Paralyzed in left arm and leg. Over the next few monthes my leg and arm made an almost total recovery. Althought 43 years this thurs my left leg still does not always do exactly what I tell it. The first nine monthes with all those operations was only the start. School was over for me. Hockey,well I still love it and as I type this I can still feel the to tight skates on my feet. As bad as it is today for those with head injurys,43 years ago there was almost no knowledge and very little help. As bad as my health problems where during those first few years, the memory loss,forgetting what I had done an hour before or whole days being mostly blank. The anger management issues were a great problem cause in a minute I could go from quiet and soft spoken to a blind rage. Enought rambling, I’m telling people I don’t know and never will things that many of my friends don,t know. So maybe I shouldn’t,t have but I meant well. One more thing at age 23 I meet my wife and as my dad so correctly told my wife a year later at our wedding.” you saved my sons life”.


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