HEALTHY ATHLETES


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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.

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The need for Healthy Athletes is great. Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they typically receive sub-standard care, or virtually no health care at all. People with intellectual disabilities have poorer health, more specialized health care needs, and greater difficulty accessing health care services and doctors compared to the general population.

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People with intellectual disabilities have a 40% higher risk than the general population for several preventable health

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.

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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!

OPENING EYES

Opening Eyes

The mission of Special Olympics – Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes® is to improve the quality of life for the millions of individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities by optimizing their vision, eye health and visual skills through quality eye care.

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STRONG MINDS

STRONG MINDS

Strong Minds aims to teach athletes mental exercises and provide resources to increase relaxation and stress management skills.

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SPECIAL SMILES

SPECIAL SMILES

Providing solutions to chronic dental problems, or providing an athlete with a mouth guard, can enhance the athlete’s performance.

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HEALTHY HEARING

HEALTHY HEARING

The Healthy Hearing program serves as a global audiological screening, care, and referral program for our athletes.

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FIT FEET

FIT FEET

Many Special Olympics athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain, or deformities that impair their performance. Athletes are not always fitted with the best shoes and socks for their particular sport.

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FUNfitness

FUNFITNESS

FUNfitness is the comprehensive physical therapy component of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® initiative.

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MEDFEST

MEDFEST

Special Olympics MedFest is a free health screening that facilitates the acquisition of the standard sports physical is required under the General Rules of Special Olympics, Inc.

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HEALTH PROMOTION

HEALTH PROMOTION

Health Promotion is a free screening that offers health information and advice in the areas of nutrition, sun safety, bone density, tobacco cessation, and physical fitness.

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GET INVOLVED

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Want to know where the next Healthy Athletes event will be? Stay connected and discover a Healthy Athlete event at a tournament near you!

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QUESTIONS?

For more information about Healthy Athletes or to get involved with the project, please contact: Program Developer: Health and Leadership, Karla Williams - karlaw@specialolympicsontario.com 416-447-8326 ext 268