FunFitness: Summer Special Olympics Games

6/9/2018 – 6/10/2018

Southern CT State University
New Haven


Join an energetic group of PTs and students on June 9 and 10 at Southern CT State University for FUNfitness athlete screening during the Special Olympics Summer Games! Contact Heidi Adamski at hadamski@snet.net or Colleen Langlais at colleenelanglais@Comcast.net

CTAPTA 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 a fitness-screening event developed as a result of these core beliefs. It premiered at the Special Olympics World Winder Games in Anchorage, Alaska in March 2001. During the screening, physical therapists assess flexibility of the hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator, and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominals and lower extremity muscles and grip; balance (single limb stance and functional reach); and aerobic capacity. The screening program  provides a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about physical therapists. 

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 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games, Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th.  Morning, afternoon, or all day timeslots are available. Times are slightly different this year- Saturday screening is 8:30am-5pm and Sunday screening is 8am-1pm. Volunteers are welcome to participate for one or both days. If you are interested please e-mail Colleen Langlais, PT, MS at colleenelanglais@comcast.net (860-508-0487) or Heidi Adamski, PT, MS at hadamski@snet.net (203-631-8544). 

 


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