The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Healthy Athletes is made up of 7 disciplines that focus on a different aspect of an athlete’s health:

  • Fit Feet
    • helps alleviate treatable and preventable conditions by evaluating problems of the feet, ankles and lower extremity biomechanics
  • FUNfitness
    • a physical therapy event that examines for flexibility of hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal and lower extremity muscles, and for balance.
  • Health Promotion (BMI, Blood Pressure, Bone Density, Healthy Habits, Tobacco Avoidance)
    • uses interactive educational tools and displays, motivational literature and demonstrations to raise the awareness of Special Olympics athletes about the need to improve and maintain an enhanced level of wellness and self-care
  • Healthy Hearing
    • provides free hearing screenings and other medical services, including ear wax removal, swim molds, hearing aid maintenance and minor repairs
  • Opening Eyes
    • provides free eye assessments, prescription eyewear, sunglasses and sports goggles through a 12-station vision evaluation
  • Special Smiles
    • provides comprehensive oral health care information, dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques
  • Strong Minds
    • an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills to help athletes develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress, such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others