There’s more to cheer than dancing and pom-poms. As you’ve probably noticed at football and basketball games, cheerleading has evolved beyond the herky, to stunts and gymnastics moves that look cool, but can also be extremely dangerous. In fact, the number of cheerleaders admitted to hospitals for an injury nearly doubled between 1990 and 2002 according to a 2006 study published in Pediatrics.
To help protect you from an unnecessary injury, we’ve broken down some of the most common cheer injuries, explain how they can hurt your body permanently and provide you with some tips to safeguard yourself (and your best bud on the team).Check out the guide and then quiz yourself on cheer safety. Because being safe while cheering is always a win!
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What is the most dangerous sport for young women?
Cheerleading is the most dangerous sport according to a study published by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. Over the last 25 years, 65.1% of catastrophic injuries in girls have been related to cheerleading.
Why are the amount of injuries increasing in cheerleading?
Teams are performing more gymnastic-style stunts.
A cheerleading injury can be fatal. True or False?
True. Between 1982 and 2007, 67 of the 103 fatal injuries were from cheerleading according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.
Most injuries from cheerleading are sprains, but emergency room visits have increased 110%. True or False?
True. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, cheerleaders between the ages of 5 and 18 increased 110 percent from 1990 to 2002.
Which serious injuries are caused by stunts 96% of the time?
Concussions and Closed-Head Injuries
Which one of these terms is NOT a cheer stunt?
Escalator is not a type of stunt.
Which body part is injured the most in cheerleading?
The ankle is the most commonly injured body part.
Is there a safe way to perform stunts, two tiered ones specifically?
Yes, a study showed that teams practicing on springboard floors and four-inch-thick mats were less likely to injure themselves. However, for events, grass, turf and wood floors are primary areas were accidents and injury occur.
ACL tears only occur among football, basketball and soccer players. True or False?
False. ACL tears can result from trauma in any sport, including cheerleading.
Actually studies show that gymnastics is the most dangerous sport
I really didn’t know this was such a bad sport I use too do cheerleading & I was never hurt !!