Cheerleaders Soaring High, Dangers Soaring Higher

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Cheerleaders Soaring High, Dangers Soaring Higher

Jessica Raya, Author

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Almost 30,000 cheerleaders are treated in emergency rooms nationwide each year according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. When people think about high injury sports, they picture football, basketball, or soccer; but what nobody expects is for cheerleading to have some serious injuries.  

Over the years cheerleading has become much more than chanting cheers on the sidelines. There are now jumps, stunts, and tumbles and with these comes a series of injuries.  

Out of all the choreography that go along with cheer, it’s no surprise that stunting causes the most injuries. These stunts include lifting and tossing people into the air, doing backflips and cartwheels, and making human pyramids.  

The injuries resulting from stunting can be as simple as a sprained ankle or wrist. But some injuries can be as severe as broken limbs due to stunting accidents. The SMHS cheer squad is no exception.   

“When I was stunting, I had a pretty bad injury. I was a back spotter, and the flier came down on my shoulder. I pulled my rotary plate,” said Madison Rose, a senior at Spring Mills High School who is also a part of the cheer team.  

Senior Madison Rose, member of the SMHS cheer squad

To prevent these injuries from happening, certain precautions should be taken. Before partaking in any stunts, cheerleaders should always stretch. Rest is just as important as practicing. If athletes are ever feeling tired while practicing, they should always take a break so they don’t overwork themselves.   

“To prevent further injuries, I stretch and pray,” said Rose.  

By the looks of it, cheerleading doesn’t seem too hard. But once people get an inside look, they’ll  realize those girls or boys are tougher than they appear to be.