Former Steelers RB Merril Hoge leads seminar regarding concussion prevention

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell toured UPMC Wednesday, former Steelers RB Merril Hoge will speak at a seminar hosted by Idaho State regarding his experience with concussions and what can be done to treat and prevent the biggest injury in pro football.

The Steelers, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, have been leaders in regards to the research and treatment of concussions and head injuries.

Now, former players are getting involved.

Former Steelers running back and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge will speak at his alma mater, Idaho State, today in regards to his struggles with concussions and offer advice to the school about prevention.

"This was something outside of athletics," ISC Athletics Director Jeff Tingey told the Idaho State Journal. "Some of his friends, I believe, up at the hospital, got him to come back. To Merril, welcome back. We're happy to see you."

Hoge is expected to touch on some of the themes from his 2010 book "Find A Way," in which he described his battles with both head trauma and cancer, as well as nearly losing his hand as a child and the death of his mother at a young age.

The Steelers and UPMC are at the forefront of the research on concussions. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited UPMC Wednesday, learning more on the biggest issue in pro football.

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