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WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need PTs, PTAs, PT students and PTA students to help with FUNfitness screenings at the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh on Saturday, June 4th. No experience necessary! Just a willingness to work with others!
FUNfitness is a program developed by APTA for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative.
All volunteers will receive a Healthy Athletes t-shirt (though you can also wear one that you have already, if you have participated previously). We encourage you to eat dinner prior to the event. Snacks and water will be provided during the event.
Please sign up early, as this is usually a very popular event and we are limited in the number of volunteers that can participate due to space. We hope you can take part! Also, licensed staff, you can enter these hours on your continuing competence reporting for North Carolina!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions at email@example.com Thank you and hope to see you there!
Jen Roberts, PT, Mike Moran, PT and Lindsay Gentz, PT
Special Olympics North Carolina FUNfitness Clinical Directors
Maredith Russo, SPT
Special Olympics North Carolina FUNfitness Student Leader
Details, screening tips / instructions and directions
will be emailed to all volunteers the week of the event.
Please email the following information below to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Saturday, May 28th.
How many times have you previously volunteered with FUNfitness? ______
FunFitness Clinical Directors and Contact Information:
The mission of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, developed in 1996, is to improve athletes' ability to train and compete in Special Olympics. Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Initiative includes these disciplines: Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®. MedFest and Special Smiles®. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes continues to expand rapidly around the globe!
FUNfitness was pilot tested in five states in 2000, and developed with feedback from physical therapy professionals. FUNfitness premiered at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Anchorage, Alaska in March 2001 with the assistance of the Alaska Physical Therapy Association.
FUNfitness is a screening event. The purposes of FUNfitness are to assess and improve flexibility, functional strength, balance, and aerobic fitness; to educate participants and families about the importance of flexibility, strength, and balance to overall fitness; and to provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about physical therapy.
Physical therapists assess flexibility of the hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator, and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal and lower extremity muscles and grip strength; balance (single leg stance and functional reach), and aerobic fitness (two-minute step test).
The screening also provides instruction to participants about how to stretch, strengthen and improve balance. Physical therapist assistants and physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students assist physical therapists in various aspects of the event.
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