February 1999 AAOS Report

Volunteers sought for AAOS Special Olympics program

The Academy is seeking volunteers to staff its "Healthy Athletes Initiative" educational booths and to conduct foot health screenings of Special Olympics athletes at the 1999 World Summer Games, June 26-July 4, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Special Olympics athletes are youth and adults with mental retardation, many of whom also have physical disabilities. William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Academy executive vice president, said the Academy is launching the project to raise people's awareness of the musculoskeletal health care needs of America's 7.5 million people with mental retardation. With nearly 7,000 athletes from 160 countries competing at this year's summer games, the foot screenings present an important research opportunity to collect data on musculoskeletal conditions of this specific population.

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