The Poly Post published Cheerleading: It Should be a Sport.
Many believe that there is no physical activity involved in cheerleading because all they do is shake their butts and show off their bodies. Although this may have been true of cheerleaders in the past, it couldn’t be further from the truth today. Cheerleading today takes strength, agility, flexibility and stamina, just like any other sport.
Syracuse.com published If You Think Competitive Cheerleading Isn’t a Sport, Think Again.
I’ve covered a lot of sporting events throughout my career, both amateur and pro, and I’m here to say this is a sport … period! These young ladies are athletes — the same as the players on the teams that they cheer for during the school year.
Coastal Point published New Studies Sound Alarm About Cheerleading Injuries.
Prevention comes down to key elements in preparation. Many injuries, including, sprains and strains, very often are related to conditioning. This year round sport requires a year round conditioning program that includes aerobic conditioning, flexibility and strengthening. Proper equipment used in the proper environment is extremely important, too, and more so when new skills are being learned or new routines are being developed. Mats or pads are important for the gymnastic-focused portions of a routine. Landing on hard floors can lead to overuse injuries as well as fractures and sprains to say nothing of what a hit to the head on the floor can do. Make sure your cheerleader is using proper supports and braces and is wearing proper shoes that are cushioned and fitted appropriately.
One last word of advice. Pay attention to the spotter. So much is riding on this person because their primary responsibility is to lessen the chance of injury. They are supposed to help with form and proper body position. This is a skill responsibility and you want to know that the person who is supposed to be helping to protect your cheerleader is properly trained.
The Daily Messenger published Women in Sports: There’s No Debate — Cheerleading is a Sport.
The results were not surprising to anyone familiar with cheerleading. The cheerleaders ranked very high in their fitness and strength. As a matter of fact, they ranked as well as any top-level athlete and showed “superior athletic fitness.”
KCRG.com published Cheerleading Not Getting Much National Respect.
But I wasn’t only a sideline cheerleader. As a competitive cheerleader, I had to practice three times a week, go to strength and conditioning twice a week, maintain a healthy diet, be a full-time student and go to appearances. We also competed, like most collegiate athletes, against other cheerleading teams at UCA Nationals every January.