At this year's SOAR & ROAR Festival, we are excited to announce that every person who has a Dream Ride will go through the Healthy Athlete Program to get a free Health Screening.
Healthy Athletes provides free health screenings in a fun, welcoming environment that removes the anxiety and trepidation people with intellectual disabilities often experience when faced with a visit to a doctor or dentist. Special Olympics' impact on the health and well-being of athletes around the world is great, in some cases saving lives by discovering unknown health issues or providing health care that otherwise would not be available. Healthy Athletes will consist of 4 health disciplines plus Pilates!
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.
Lana and the team from BPS Tensegrity will be running Pilates throughout the event for athletes. BPS suggest that for many of their participants, Pilates has been the corner stone cementing their rehabilitation and ensuring injury never returns. It has also been the secret weapon for many of their elite sports clients, giving them the edge on their bike, in the water and on the land.
Healthy Athletes Program is proudly sponsored by