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Cheerleading is leading cause of catastrophic injury in young women

Cheerleading is leading cause of catastrophic injury in young women

(digital music) – [Narrator] Cheerleading
has become the leading cause of catastrophic injury
in young female athletes. A University of Michigan
health system expert discusses cheerleading injuries and advises parents on how to help keep their children cheering safely. – Cheerleading injuries
are increasingly common. We know from data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission that rates of injuries have gone from nearly 5000 in 1980 to
close to 26 to 28,000 just in the past few years. – I got ready and I did the back flip, and I landed right on my head, and I remember just laying there and immediately I stopped breathing. I broke my neck and injured
my spinal cord at C1/C2. If you look at what
cheerleading was 10 years ago to what it is now, it’s totally different. I mean, you have, you’re lifting people up in these huge, you know, people
are 30 feet off the ground or you know, 20 feet off the ground because you’re throwing
them up in the air, and you’re– It definitely, they have
raised the bar so high. – If you look at cheerleading injuries, most of them are still more
the common types of things that we would think about, muscle strains or pulls,
ligament injuries, tendon injuries, things along those lines. The concern is that there
are certainly a fair number of increasingly severe injuries. The leading cause of catastrophic injuries in female athletes is cheerleading. It’s approximately 65 to 66% of all our female catastrophic injuries in either high school or college. One of the biggest concerns is that there’s a significant
degree of difficulty now in cheerleading as a sport. There often aren’t adequate
safety measures in place in schools with cheerleading. One of the particular concerns is often they’re practicing at a
variety of different locations. This may be in somebody’s backyard, it might be on the hard gym floor. It might even be in a parking lot. Because of that, there’s not
a good supportive surface, should they have an
incident where they fall, hurt their head, or
their back, their spine. Also one of the concerns
is often cheerleaders are practicing by themselves
or meeting at somebody’s house where they might not have
adequate supervision. If you don’t have an adequately
trained coach present to make sure you’re using proper technique and to make sure that
the spotters are placed where they should, then
injuries may occur. When children are
interested in cheerleading, parents should ask questions. One of the things they need to know about is the experience of the coach. They need to know what types of athletes that coach has worked with, particularly if they have been involved in gymnastics type stunting. They also need to know what the plan is for that cheerleading squad. What types of activities
are they going to be doing, who’s going to be
supervising those activities, and where they’re gonna be
performing those activities. – I want people to learn just from what I’ve gone through, just to be safe about what you’re doing, and if you’re not
comfortable doing something, don’t do it, and if you feel pressured, it’s not worth it, because you know, making a cheer team for four
or eight years might be fun, but being in a wheelchair
and on a ventilator, it’s not as fun as it looks.

6 thoughts on “Cheerleading is leading cause of catastrophic injury in young women”

  1. its not jus the supervision or padding. the reason why cheerleaders get hurt s much is because what they do is so hard and lethal! it looks easy because we make it look easy a normal perso could never do half the things we do

  2. was that stunt even legal when the girl from west bloomfield let go their flyer? I'm pretty sure having no contact with a flyer during a stunt is illegal according to MSHAA rules

  3. @janellalarianne11 it all depends on the level. letting go of a cheerleader while stunting is only illegal in level 1 and 2 level 3-6 is not illegal because the girls are older and more trained and experienced

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