Special Olympics (SO) Healthy Athletes (HA) is back in 2019 on Sunday 8th December at Sydney Motorsport Park!
HA provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. Our 2018 event uncovered undiagnosed blood pressure issues, foot abnormalities, eye and mouth disease and most significantly that, in general, people with intellectual disabilities participating in regular SO sport were healthier than those who did not.
Fit Feet helps SO athletes step lively on the playing field, and in everyday life. Many athletes suffer from foot and ankle pain, or deformities that impair their performance. To alleviate these problems, volunteer podiatrists work with athletes to evaluate problems of the feet, ankles and lower extremity biomechanics.
Health Promotion focuses on educating athletes about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. It offers guidelines on nutrition, as well as bone health, stopping smoking and sun safety, using interactive educational activities and motivational information to encourage behaviour change.
The mission of Opening Eyes® is to improve the quality of life for millions of individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities by optimising their vision, eye health and visual skills through quality eye care. At the Soar & Roar festival, participants will receive extensive vision and eye health tests and referral for follow-up care as required.
Special Smiles® uses dental screenings to increase awareness of the state of athletes' oral health for the athletes themselves, as well as their parents and/or caregivers. At a Special Smiles event, dental professionals provide oral screenings; oral health education and personal prevention products.
The physiotherapy team from BPS Tensegrity will run FUNfitness for the first time in Australia, providing athletes the opportunity to be screened for muscle flexibility, functional strength and balance. They will work with athletes to optimise muscle function, prevent or reduce risk for injury and recommend exercises and other helpful movement strategies.
Hearing Australia are supporting the event through providing free hearing checks* and ear plugs to participants and members of the public.
* Only 15 minute hearing checks are free. Other services may attract charges/fees or may be subsidised for those eligible under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, to which conditions apply. A hearing check is a screening that helps identify people that may have hearing loss.
About Hearing Australia
For over 70 years, Hearing Australia has been helping Australians rediscover the joy of sound. Its mission? To keep you connected to the people and life you love. With its dedicated team, Hearing Australia is the nation’s largest provider of government-funded hearing services for children, young adults up to 26, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pensioners and veterans. And with over 600 locations across the country, they will work with you to deliver on their promise to offer world-leading hearing solutions anyone can access – to make a difference to you, your family as well as the communities Hearing Australia serves.
Healthy Athletes Program is proudly sponsored by