Special Olympics FUNFitness

6/4/2022 – 6/5/2022

Fairfield University
Barone Campus Center
Fairfield, CT


The CPTA sponsors FUNfitness at the Special Olympics Summer Games 

The Special Olympics FUNfitness program is a fitness event developed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  This screening is a part of theHealthy Athletes program designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness.  Its ultimate aim is to improve each athlete’s ability to train and compete in Special Olympics as well as life. 

Physical therapists are involved in promotion of health, wellness and fitness. Physical therapists understand that physical fitness is key to successful performance of daily work, and leisure activities, and that all individuals should have the opportunity to understand and pursue physical fitness. 

FUNfitness is the result of these core beliefs. The established professional relationship between APTA and Special Olympics International (SOI) created an opportunity for the APTA and North Carolina Chapter to develop a flexibility screening for Special Olympians participating in the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games.  In November 1999 APTA agreed to develop FUNfitness, a comprehensive physical therapy component for Special Olympic’s Healthy Athletes. FUNfitness was developed and pilot tested in 2000, and premiered with the assistance of the Alaska Physical Therapy Association at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska in March 2001. 

FUNfitness is a fitness-screening event. The purposes of FUNfitness are to assess and improve flexibility, functional strength, balance and aerobic capacity; to educate participants, families and coaches about the importance of flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic conditioning; and to provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about physical therapists. 

The physical therapist assesses flexibility of the hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator, and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal, lower extremity muscles and grip strength; balance (single limb stance and functional reach); and aerobic capacity. 

The screening also provides instruction to participants about how to stretch, strengthen, and improve balance and conditioning. Physical therapy assistants, and physical therapy or physical therapy assistant students work during the screening under the direction and supervision of licensed physical therapists

Please join us in volunteering at the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association’s Annual FUNfitness event at the 2022 Special Olympics Summer Games, Saturday, June 4th.  Morning, afternoon, or all day timeslots are available.  If you are interested or have additional questions please e-mail Colleen Langlais, PT, MS  or Heidi Adamski, PT, MS. You can register to volunteer at https://soct.vsysweb.com/pages/tool/live.webapp:P1GPPRHGMIRUP44V


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