Healthy Athletes Program
The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program provides free health screenings, educational resources and teaches preventative care to athletes in six areas. Healthy Athletes is designed to improve each athletes ability to train and compete by providing resources to advance their overall quality of health and reinforce the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle.
Fit Feet (podiatry)
Dr. Kurt Rode
Dr. Neal Zomback
FUNfitness (physical therapy)
Heidi Adamski, PT, MS
Colleen Langlais, PT, MS
Health Promotion (better health and well-being)
Carol Flaim, RN
Healthy Hearing (audiology)
Dr. Thomas Hinchey
Opening Eyes (vision)
Global Clinical Advisor
Dr. Susan Danberg
Dr. Chris Agro
Special Smiles (dentistry)
Dr. Deb Redford-Badwal
DID YOU KNOW?
- Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they typically receive substandard care, or virtually no health care at all.
- Healthy Athletes has the world's largest database of health data for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Through Healthy Athletes, more than 100,000 health care professionals have been trained to treat people with intellectual disabilities. These health care professionals provide improved care to millions.
- Special Olympics has given out more than 90,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to athletes who needed them.
For more information on Special Olympics Connecticut health programs, please contact:
Coordinator, Healthy Communities
203-230-1201, ext. 238
Lessons for Life
Health & Wellness Videos
Resource Directory for Athlete Follow-up Care
A healthier athlete is a better athlete, right? It sounds like a simple enough premise, yet research studies conducted by Special Olympics found disturbing evidence that Special Olympics athletes, as well as individuals with intellectual disabilities at large, face widespread health problems, while physicians, dentists and other health professionals are not receiving adequate training in order to treat them.
The research reinforces previous studies that found that despite the widespread belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities receive better health care than the rest of the population; people with intellectual disabilities actually have poorer health; more specialized health care needs and greater difficulty accessing health care services and doctors compared to the general public.
To address this issue, Special Olympics International created Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®!
It’s our goal to screen as many athletes as possible throughout the year.
Oftentimes, the medical screener suggests that the athlete see his/her regular doctor or a dentist, podiatrist (foot doctor), audiologist (hearing specialist), ophthalmologist (eye doctor), for reasons outlined on the referral that is given to the athlete at the screening.
To assist you with finding a health provider that lives near you, we are developing a Resource Directory.
Medical follow-up with the right person will help ensure that your athlete gets the right care, and is able to perform their very best both on and off the playing field.
Connecticut Kids As Self Advocates (CT-KASA) created information booklets on health care transition. These booklets offer strategies and resources to help young adults with disabilities, parents/caregivers, and primary health care providers prepare for the transition to adult health care process.
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