Second preparatory camp held for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019
APPROXIMATELY 450 athletes, coaches and resource persons from 27 states of India participated in the second preparatory camp for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019. The camp was held from 19th to 24th June, 2018, within the Campus of BITS Pilani. A team of sport-specific selectors was present at the venue. Alongside sports practises, all the athletes were screened across two medical disciplines- Fitfeet and Special Smiles. The Special Smiles discipline of Healthy Athletes provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques. Special Olympics Fit Feet offers podiatric screenings to evaluate ankles, feet, lower extremity biomechanics, and proper shoe and sock gear to participating athletes. Fit Feet helps Special Olympics athletes step lively on the playing field, and in everyday life. While Fitfeet had eight physiotherapists and ten nonclinical volunteers conducting the screenings, nine dentists and nine non-clinical volunteers conducted dental screenings at the camp.