Second Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill


Merril Hoge to speak at Matthew Gfeller Neurotrauma Symposium!

Merril Hoge, ESPN Analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-1993) and Chicago Bears (1993-1994) player will speak at the Matthew Gfeller Neurotrauma Symposium on Saturday, March 9, 2013. In 1987, Merril made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993 and led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back. Along with Franco Harris, he is one of only two Steelers players to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. He was the Steelers Iron Man of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989. In 1993, Merril went to the Chicago Bear s as a free agent, where he played for one year until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. At the time of his retirement, Merril had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.

The Matthew Gfeller Center is proud to announce the Second Biannual Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium to be held in the BlueZone (Concourse Club), located on the 3rd floor of the new Loudermilk Center for Excellence at the East end of Kenan Football Stadium at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 8-9, 2013.

Friday, March 8, 2013: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (social event from 4:30-6:00)

Saturday, March 9, 2013: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration Fees

Non-medical attendees - $250.00

Allied health care professionals - $175.00

Students - $75.00

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Please contact Jason Mihalik at


This symposium will provide physicians, athletic trainers and therapists, and other allied health care professionals with a comprehensive overview of sport-related neurotraumatic injuries, with an emphasis on sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and cervical spine injuries. The attendee will gain information relevant to the identification, evaluation, managament, and rehabilitation of injured patients. See below for the symposium schedule of topics

Learning Objectives

The information presented at this educational activity will:

  1. Provide comprehensive, educational updates on concussion in youth sports

  2. Provide diagnostic and management techniques for sport-related neurotraumatic injuries.

  3. Identify methods to reduce the risks and consequences of sport-related neurotraumatic injuries in young athletes.

Credit Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This symposium is eligible for 12.5 CEUs.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recognized by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Therapists. This symposium is eligible for 4.8 CEUs.

Sponsorship Statement

Jointly Sponsored by the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and The Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Matthew Gfeller Center’s policies, everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the healthcare industry, and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity. In addition, speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.

ADA statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.  If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to participate fully in this continuing education activity, please call 919-962-2573 or email no later than February 1, 2013.