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Special Olympics NJ Summer Games - Healthy Athletes/FUNfitness Screening


The FUNfitness team (MaryLou Jani and Meghan Dilley) can be contacted at funfitness@aptanj.org.

Welcome to FUNfitness, the fitness event developed in collaboration with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for Special Olympics (SOI) Healthy Athletes®.


FUNfitness is a fitness screening event. 

The goals of FUNfitness are to:

  • assess needs in flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic fitness;

  • teach exercises to help athletes improve identified areas of need;

  • educate participants, families and coaches about the importance of flexibility, strength, balance, and aerobic conditioning in overall fitness;

  • provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn how the physical therapist can help them with fitness.

 
Physical therapists assess:

  •  flexibility of the hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator, and hip flexor muscles;

  • functional strength of the abdominal and upper and lower extremity muscles; balance (single leg stance and functional reach); and

  • aerobic fitness (Step test or Wheel test).

  

For more information about the screening process, go here  or download these documents. 

FUNfitness Manual (specifically Chapter 3 and 4) (PDF)
FUNfitness Athletes Scorecard (PDF)
FUNfitness HAS form (PDF)


To learn about volunteering with Special Olympics/Healthy Athletes, click here
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Thank you for your support for Special Olympics New Jersey!

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