The Healthy Athletes (HA) initiative is a health screening and education program designed for people with Intellectual Disabilities. HA Screenings are offered in seven disciplines and are administered by volunteer health care providers at sporting events throughout the year. Launched in 1997, HA has made Special Olympics the largest health care provider for people with Intellectual Disabilities in the world.
Most people are unaware of health disparities – 68% of people around the world think people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others.
HEALTHY ATHLETES DISCIPLINES
Since officially launching in 1997 as a Special Olympics program, Healthy Athletes has grown to provide EIGHT different health screenings with the goal to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Hover over each discipline for more information!
155,000 health care professionals and students have been trained to treat people with intellectual disabilities. Sign up and become a volunteer today!
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