The Vision Therapy Center Lends Hand(s) at MedFest

An athlete shows his appreciation.

An athlete shows his appreciation.

Once again, The Vision Therapy Center staff reached out to help the Special Olympics.  In December, we volunteered at the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes MedFest.

MedFest is a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® screening program that facilitates the required standard sports physical examination for current and prospective Special Olympics athletes. The Special Olympics General Rules require that all athletes who want to participate in Special Olympics must be examined by a physician or trained medical professional.

With the help of local volunteer health care professionals such as The Vision Therapy Center, MedFest provides people with cognitive disabilities the chance to participate in year-round Special Olympics sports training and athletic competition.

The physical examinations at MedFest are conducted by volunteer medical professionals and are free to current and prospective athletes.   The Vision Therapy Center tested the near and far acuity of 98 participants.

The Vision Therapy Center staff.

The Vision Therapy Center staff.

Other exams include: registration and assessments of medical history; hearing; height and weight; blood pressure; abdominal; musculoskeletal evaluation; and referral for follow-up care as needed. MedFest exams also address questions and concerns of athletes’ parents and guardians.

This was yet another rewarding volunteer experience.  This thank you letter to The Vision Therapy Center staff, along with the one pictured below, is why we reach out to these special athletes.

Thank you notes from the athletes.

Thank you notes from the athletes.

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