FUNfitness is a physical therapy screening program that is designed to assess and improve physical strength, flexibility, and balance. The screenings also educate athletes and parents on the importance of staying physically fit and flexible and provide a hands-on opportunity for participating Special Olympics athletes to learn more about physical therapy.
Clinical Directors: Marne Iwand, Elizabeth Konopasek, Brianne Walbrecht
During the screening, health care clinicians will provide the athletes with:
Flexibility test using tape measures and goniometers
Strength test using a trunk and hand grip and of the lower body
Balancing on one and two legs
Endurance test where the athlete steps in place for two minutes or walks for three minutes
Education: Athletes are provided with a written Home Exercise Program based on the test results
After the screening, the clinicians will give the athlete instructions on balance, strength and flexibility activities they can do at home.