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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-13-06 11:23 AM
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2. Ok, as a cheer coach I feel obligated to add some statistics
The Associated Press put out an article on
cheerleading injuries recently:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/02/cheerleading.injur...

Just to reassure people here is a second article on
the subject that helps put things in perspective:
http://ihigh.com/0,1773,2_2_0_79700,00.html

The AP article is absolutely right to underscore the
need for safety-trained coaches and proper equipment
and practice areas but it also left me with a couple
of thoughts, such as:

1) The numbers cited the sport as growing only 18%
while injuries doubled, but are both numbers taking
All-Star cheering into account? My guess is the first
number would be higher if it was, the second number,
however could be counting All-Star injuries from
emergency reports since the doctors may not
distinguish between school and elite private teams.

2) The article suggests that the number of injuries
could be higher if teams are using trainers and
private doctors to treat them. However the same could
be said for other sports, so we may not get a clear
picture of cheerleading safety as compared to other
types of sports activities since the majority of cheer
teams do not have access to trainers, hence most of
their treatments are handled at ERs.
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