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Doctors: Make cheerleading a sport

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by HanSenSE, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    A SportsJournalists.com favorite gets new life, thanks to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Dear AAP:

    You don't need to make it a sport to enact stricter safety rules.


    Every Prep Sportswriter in America
  3. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Please, please don't make it a sport.
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I just punched a hobo and this thread is why.
  5. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Wait a minute, you need an excuse to punch a hobo? I thought that was just a service to the community, at the very least an inexpensive form of entertainment. Here's a thought, why not ban cheerleaders on the sidelines or ban them from performing the highflying acrobatics. No need to make it a sport and cost other athletes scholarships.
  6. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    The rationale for designating cheerleading a sport is made in the first of 12 recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics
    recommends that its chapters and individual
    pediatricians, especially those as other sports, such as availability
    of athletic trainers, improved
    access to medical care, limits on
    practice time, better facilities,
    certified/qualified coaches, and
    inclusion in injury surveillance
    1. Cheerleading should be designated
    a sport so that it is subject to rules
    and regulations set forth by sports
    governing bodies (eg, NCAA, NFHS)
    and school athletic departments.
    Designation of cheerleading as a
    sport will afford it the same benefits
    2. Cheerleaders should have a preparticipation
    physical examination
    before participating in a cheerleading
    program and should have
    access to appropriate strength
    and conditioning programs.
    3. Cheerleaders should be supervised
    by qualified coaches who have been
    trained and certified in proper spotting
    for gymnastics and partner
    stunts, safety measures, and basic
    injury management.
    4. Cheerleaders should be trained in
    proper spotting techniques and
    should only attempt stunts after
    they have demonstrated appropriate
    skill progression and proficiency
    required to complete the
    stunt. Spotters and bases should
    have adequate upper body and
    core strength and balance to support
    5. Technical skills, such as pyramids,
    mounts, tosses, and tumbling,
    should not be performed on hard
    (eg, concrete, asphalt), wet, or uneven
    surfaces or surfaces with
    obstructions. No cheer events
    should take place on dirt, vinyl
    floors, concrete, or asphalt.
    6. Pyramidsavailability and partner
    stunts should only be performed
    on a spring floor or with a landing
    mat on either a traditional foam
    floor or grass/turf.
    7. Pyramids should not be more
    than 2 people high and should
    only be performed with spotters.
    8. Coaches should follow rules for
    execution of technical skills set
    forth in the most recent version
    of the NFHS Spirit Rules Handbook (http://www.nfhs.com/c-229-spirit.
    aspx) and the AACCA Cheerleading
    Safety Manual (http://aacca.org/
    9. Coaches, parents, and athletes
    should have access to a written
    emergency plan, designed by school
    administrators in conjunction
    with the team physician and/
    or certified athletic trainer. Whenever
    possible, a certified athletic
    trainer or physician should be
    present at practices and competitions.
    10. Cheer competitions should be
    held in venues that are compliant
    with guidelines of the National
    Cheer Safety Foundation and the
    11. Any cheerleader showing signs of
    a head injury should be removed
    from practice or competition and
    not allowed to return until he or
    she has received written clearance
    from a physician or qualified health
    care provider. Coaches, parents,
    and officials should be knowledgeable
    regarding the cause, prevention,
    recognition, and response to
    concussion. Free online educational
    materials are available through the
    Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/
    concussion/) and the NFHS (http://
    12. Surveillance of cheerleading injuries
    should continue. All catastrophic
    injuries should be reported to
    the National Center for Catastrophic
    Sports Injury Research
    at Mueller@e-mail.unc.edu or National
    Cheer Safety Foundation at
    http://nationalcheersafety.com or
    by calling their Injury Reporting
    Hotline at 1-800-596-7860 ext 201.
    Research regarding injury epidemiology,
    mechanisms, and effectiveness
    of safety measures is
    necessary to guide new rules and recommendations for improving
    serving as school physicians, advisors,
    or consultants, work with their interscholastic
    athletic associations and
    other state and local cheerleading
    regulating bodies to ensure that the
    following guidelines are followed to
    reduce cheerleading injuries.
  7. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Or simply make it about leading cheers, instead of all the stunting, pyramids, hip-grinding and elementary gymnastics?
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The concocted structure of making it a "sport" is in fact the reason for all the 25-foot-high pyramids, reverse somersault dismounts, etc etc etc.

    If the doctors were really all that concerned about injuries, they would demand it NOT be conducted as a competitive sport.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Here we go with the "what constitutes a real sport debate", version 999.

    OK, if curling can be an Olympic sport, why not cheerleading? But making it an official sport doesn't mean I have to care about it.

    Although I've been at games where the cheerleading was, by far, the most entertaining aspect of the evening. So there's that.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Not a sport. Never will be.
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Well, there used to be (and still is in some selected places) an actual sport called "gymnastics," which has been essentially killed by the rise of cheerleading and "dance team" at most schools, siphoning off the potential participants (and money from the athletic departments).
  12. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

    but cheerleaders get nailed by all the best football players!!
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