April 1999 AAOS Report

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

Donald K. Bynum Jr., MD, Chapel Hill, N.C., represented the Academy at the press conference held by the Special Olympics 1999 World Summer Games organization March 31 in Chapel Hill to announce the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program. Dr. Bynum is co-chairman of the Academy's Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program national steering committee.

As part of its Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Program, the Academy will offer physicians and allied health professionals a continuing medical education course June 25 in Chapel Hill on treating musculoskeletal conditions in persons who have mental retardation. At the games, the Academy also will hold an "Education and Research Fair" for Special Olympics athletes, their families and coaches June 26-July 4. Volunteers are needed for the fair, which will feature interactive educational booths staffed by orthopaedic surgeons and provide information about injury prevention, sports medicine, the knee, spine, foot and ankle. At the fair, the Academy will gather data for research on foot and ankle conditions specific to people with mental retardation.

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