Brain injuries, safe footwear on the agenda for weekend sports clinic

Everything from traumatic brain injuries to how running shoes can impact health and safety is on the agenda for this weekend's Alaska Sports Health & Safety Clinic.

The clinic, formerly the Alaska Coaches Clinic, is Saturday and Sunday at O'Malleys on the Green. Physicians who specialize in neurology, allgery/immunology and orthopedics will be among the presenters, as will physical therapists, athletic trainers and others.

The clinic begins Saturday at 8 a.m. with a keynote address by Fairbanks speedskater Liam Ortega, who is coming back from a traumatic brain injury suffered in an on-ice accident.

Cost is $125 and includes lunch and a light breakfast both days. Professional credits and basic life support certification are available for teachers and nurses, although an additional fee may apply.

Coaches, teachers, nurses and others can register in advance online at or Saturday morning at O'Malleys from 7:15-8 a.m.

For registration questions, including inquiries about available scholarships, contact Patty Cates at 250-6639.