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Focus Turns to Safety As More Cheerleaders Suffer Catastrophic Injuries

Published on Jan 24, 2013 at 8:01 am in Catastrophic Injury.

According to some studies, cheerleading is one of the most dangerous competitive sports currently pursued in high schools and colleges across the country – yet, in many locations, it’s not as vigorously regulated as other sports. This means that cheerleaders are at increasing risk of suffering catastrophic brain, spinal cord, and other injuries, without the same regulations and oversight that protect many other athletes.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), cheerleading injuries have increased in recent decades, as the stunts needed to stay in the sport’s top ranks have become more dangerous. In 1980, the CPSC received 5,000 reports of cheerleaders who required hospital care for cheerleading-related injuries; by 2011, that number had risen to 38,000.