MedFest

MedFest was created to offer the physical exam that all athletes need prior to participating in Special Olympics sports programming. It is sometimes the first exposure these athletes have to medical care.

 

In many cases, life-threatening conditions have been found and subsequently treated thanks to MedFest. Led by volunteer physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and medical students, the MedFest screening consists of the following stations: medical history, height and weight, blood pressure, cardiology test, musculoskeletal test, orthopedic tests, abdominal evaluation, and a check out station. 

For more information or for questions about the new MedFest form (below), contact Peyton Purcell (ppurcell@specialolympics.org), Senior Manager, MedFest.

Get Involved with MedFest

MedFest Videos

Training for Clinical Directors

MedFest Manual
This document provides a summary for planning and implementing MedFest at your Program.
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Medfest Training for Clinical Directors and Volunteers on YouTube (18 Minutes)
This 18-minute video is an overview of the Healthy Athletes MedFest examination process. It was made as a training resource for MedFest volunteers and clinical directors. All videos are on YouTube.
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Medfest Training for Clinical Directors and Volunteers for Download (18 Minutes)
This 18-minute video is an overview of the Healthy Athletes MedFest examination process. It was made as a training resource for MedFest volunteers and clinical directors. Right-click the links below to download the files with subtitles.

MedFest Promotional Video

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Promotional Video for MedFest on YouTube (90 Seconds)
This 90-second video shows how MedFest provides essential sports physical exams to our athletes in a welcoming and professional way. All of the clips are on YouTube.
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Promotional Medfest Video for Download (90 Seconds)
This 90-second video shows how MedFest provides essential sports physical exams to our athletes in a welcoming and professional way. Right-click a link below to download the video with subtitles.

Event and Equipment Resources

Medical Forms and Legal Forms

Important Information: Athlete Medical Forms
The medical form was updated in 2017 when the current Registration Form was created to reduce duplication across the two forms. The revised medical form collects information in two parts:

•The Health History is the first two pages and is completed by the athlete, parent or guardian prior to the exam. 

•The Medical Exam is the third page and is completed by a licensed health professional who is qualified to conduct physical exams and prescribe medications.
Athlete Medical Form (English)
This is the new health history and medical exam form for US Programs to use at MedFest and for World and Regional Games. Programs may also use this as the pre-participation medical form for all athletes registering for Special Olympics sports.
Athlete Medical Form (Translated)
This is the new health history and medical exam form for International Programs to use at MedFest and for World and Regional Games. Programs may also use this as the pre-participation medical form for all athletes registering for Special Olympics sports. The translated forms are below.
Insurance and Hold Harmless Agreement
This agreement is a risk management method that Special Olympics has put in place to prevent Special Olympics and its Healthy Athletes volunteers from suffering financial damage for an incident that they did not cause. 

Equipment and Supplies List and Request Forms

MedFest Equipment and Volunteer Calculator
This excel spreadsheet will help Clinical Directors and Programs automatically estimate the equipment and volunteer needs for a MedFest event based on length of event and number of athletes expected.

Educational Materials

MedFest Medication Watch List
Watch list for clinicians to use during exams.

Master Equipment List

Master Equipment List

Marketing and Communications