What is Healthy Athletes?
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.
In order for athletes to perform at their best, both on and off the playing field, we believe promoting a healthy life style to our athletes is critical to their success. 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. All screenings are free to the athletes and occur throughout the year.
On a typical Team of 10 Special Olympics Athletes:
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!JOIN NOW
Host a Healthy Athletes Screening
Hosting a Healthy Athletes event in your community is FREE! It is also a great way to ensure that athletes are able to address their individual health needs, learn the skills to improve their health as well as foster positive relationships healthcare providers. Sign up to host a screening in your community!LEARN MORE