Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:08 AM MDT
New Guidelines In Response To Increasing Cheerleading Injuries
(KUTV) The American Academy of Pediatrics is responding to the growing number of cheerleading injuries.
Cheerleading injuries have been on the rise for years. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is putting out new guidelines to make cheerleader safer than it currently is. The guidelines say that cheerleading should be designated as a sport in all states—a designation that would ensure cheerleaders follow certain safety measures.
“Things like mandatory pre-sport physicals, access to appropriately certified coaches, access to training programs,” Dr. Emily Dodwell, a pediatrician with Hospital for Special Surgery, explains.
Cheerleading has become more competitive in recent years and routines involve more complex and difficult moves. Each year, there are about 26,000 injures in the U.S.
Other recommendations include no stunts on hard or wet surfaces and no pyramids more than two people high. At Clarkston North in New York, the team does everything it can to prevent injuries.
“If we’re learning a new stunt we do require that they have spotters in the back until they can execute the stunt very firmly,” AnnMarie Dilonardo, the cheerleading coach at North High School in New York, says.
The overall injury rate in high school cheerleading is lower than other girls sports like soccer and gymnastics. But the rate of catastrophic injuries like skull fractures and spinal injuries is higher.
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