FUNfitness is a physical therapy screening program that is designed to assess and improve physical strength, flexibility, and balance. The screenings also educate athletes and parents on the importance of staying physically fit and flexible.
The tests and measures utilized during FUNfitness are evidence-based, and have reliable data. All tests for flexibility, functional strength, balance and aerobic capacity are designed to minimize the risk of injury in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Education is provided at the end of the exam for athletes, coaches and families to address the areas that need improvement.
Research conducted with athletes at Special Olympics events has revealed:
- 61% have flexibility problems
- 68% have balance problems
- 56% have strength problems
FUNfitness events are offered at State Summer & Fall Games as well as at the State Basketball Finals and the State Poly Hockey finals.
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Interested in becoming a clinical director?
Clinical Directors are an important part of the Healthy Athletes FUNfitness team. Clinical Directors are responsible for working with their local Special Olympics Program and other volunteer health professionals in coordinating a FUNfitness event in their region.
Interested in volunteering at a FUNfitness event?
Volunteer roles are available for individuals of all backgrounds including physical therapists, occupational therapists and students. Examples of volunteer roles available at FunFitness screenings include:
- Patient education
- Athlete registration
- Athlete guides
To register to volunteer at a FUNfitness event, contact Kellie Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org