Healthy Athletes

healthy-athletes-logo2Special Olympics Healthy Athletes is a program designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness.  This can lead to a better sports experience and improved well-being.  Athletes receive a variety of health services through clinics conducted in welcoming environments at Special Olympics competitions.

Print Special Smiles:  Offers athletes oral screening, oral health education, personal preventative products, free giveaways and information concerning needed follow-up care by community-based dentists and educational institutions. Dentists and dental hygienists have been recruited to conduct exams on our athletes during the Summer Games.  All have received specialized training to work with our athletes.
Print Opening Eyes:  Athletes receive extensive vision and eye tests, refraction’s for those requiring further screening, prescription glasses (free to the athletes), prescription protective sports eye wear (free to the athletes), free giveaways and referral advice for follow-up care.  Optometrists and eye care professionals have been recruited to conduct eye exams on our athletes during the Summer Games.  All have received specialized training to work with our athletes
Print FUNfitness:  The purposes of Special Olympics FUNfitness are to assess and improve flexibility, strength and balance; to educate athletes, coaches, families and caregivers about the importance of flexibility, strength and balance; and to provide a hands-on opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to learn about physical therapy.  Physical therapists work with athletes and coaches, making recommendations for optimal function in their sports training and competition, while discussing warm-ups and risk prevention.
Print 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 proper shoes and socks for their particular sport.  Volunteer health care professionals screen athletes feet and ankles for deformities as well as check for infections, nail care and proper shoes and socks.
Print Health Promotions:  Offers athlete tips on nutrition, adequate hydration, maintaining personal hygiene, safety, fitness, danger of tobacco use, sun safety and other health concerns.  Athletes will have a chance to get their height, weight and bone density scan.  Handouts and giveaways will be available to athletes who participate.
Print Healthy Hearing:  Athletes can receive a free hearing screening as well as hearing aids and battery replacement for existing hearing aids.
Print Medfests:  Opportunity to receive free Special Olympics Iowa athlete physicals.

For more information on the Healthy athlete program, contact:
Kathy Irving, Director of Athlete Initiatives
515-986-5520 x111