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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

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

Thank you for your support for Special Olympics New Jersey!

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