Of the 2.9 million female high school athletes, only 3% are cheerleaders, yet cheerleading accounts for nearly 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics, and is considered one of the most dangerous school activities.

Cheerleading

This article is about American-style cheerleading. For Japanese-style cheerleading, see Ōendan.

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College cheerleaders performing a liberty stunt

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform on the flight deck for the crew of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during the taping of the FOX NFL Pregame Show.

The Italian national team competing at the ICU World Championships.

Cheerleading is an activity in which the participants (called “cheerleaders”) cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It can range from chanting slogans to intense physical activity. It can be performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Ch… Continue Reading (29 minute read)

10 thoughts on “Of the 2.9 million female high school athletes, only 3% are cheerleaders, yet cheerleading accounts for nearly 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics, and is considered one of the most dangerous school activities.”

  1. fishbootlives

    My high school cheerleading team practiced outside on the concrete of the parking lot with no padding

  2. evildeathkarma

    This is both wild to think about and fully understandable at the same time.

  3. Veritas3333

    I was just talking to my dentist about the worst injury he’s worked on, he said it was 15 year old cheerleader. The pyramid collapsed, she got elbowed in the mouth, broke off 6 teeth.

  4. blueskull57

    Also cheerleading isn’t considered a sport, and the organization than runs cheerleading competitions fights hard to keep it that way

  5. Tcu000

    I was a cheerleader because I’m tiny and don’t even weigh 100 lbs back then. I was a flyer so my entire job was getting thrown into the air and hopefully caught. I never thought it was serious or scary until I look back at the flimsy mats and the guys who were in charge of catching me.

  6. desde1984

    My daughter is a high school cheerleader. It’s been 2 years now and I still get some anxiety during her stunts. The possibility of her or someone on her team getting hurt/injured is always real.

  7. cerevant

    “Let’s do gymnastics without mats!”

    *facepalm*

  8. Powerful_Artist

    Thats why some states like mine dont allow cheerleaders to do the stuff like you see here in the photo at a high school level. Or especially the flips and stuff where they throw eachother up into the air.

  9. nonailsnodrag

    I was a pom Pom girl on a competition studio team. I was the spot for a stunt. For whatever reason the bases just threw the flyer and made zero attempts to catch her. So I put my body underneath her and was her landing mat essentially. She was unharmed.

    I on the other hand was bruised up.

  10. TheWetSock

    It also is not considered a sport. So they don’t get the same protections as other athletes so parents are in the hook for all those bills.

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