Skip to comments.Which is More Dangerous for Girls: Sports or Cheerleading?
Posted on 08/06/2009 3:02:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
While Title 9 has increased the participation of young women in high school and college sports, it has done nothing to address the most serious source of catastrophic injuries for young women -- cheerleading.
Data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission show that the number of catastrophic injuries -- those involving death or disability caused by head or spine trauma -- have grown from fewer than 5,000 in 1980 to 26,000 to 28,000 per year in the last few years, according to Dr. Amy Miller Bohn, a family medicine specialist at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, cheerleading accidents account for 65% to 66% of all female catastrophic sports injuries in high school and college.
The problem, Bohn said, is that cheerleading has become a competitive sport, with girls being tossed high into the air, jumping off pyramids and trying other risky stunts, often without adequate supervision.
Laura Jackson was a 14-year-old trying for a spot on the varsity squad when she attempted a back flip without a trained spotter on hand. She landed on her head, fractured her neck and damaged her spinal cord. She is now paralyzed and breathes with the help of a ventilator. Jackson's experience is repeated every day around the country, Bohn said today.
She noted that many cheerleading teams practice in back yards or on hard gym floors, with no supportive surfaces to shield them from falls. Many teams also lack effective supervision, with parents or untrained teachers overseeing practices. Bohn called for uniformity of training for coaches and increased use of spring-loaded floors and mats to protect participants.
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It depends on their proximity to Bill Clinton.
I was shocked at the 5,000 number...at the 26,000 number, i am almost in disbelief. There are less than 20,000 high schools, that would suggest almost every high school would have to be hit with a death or disabilitating injury. I am not buying it. Even throwing in college athletes, it still seems way high.
God bless you.
Those are pretty awful numbers.
We told DD either soccer or cross-country. No cheerleading. Besides, for a kid her age, the outfits are too revealing.
What we really need is a Cheerleader Czar!
Can't let bad data lie. There are 27468 public high schools in the USA. Figure just over 30,000 with private schools tossed in the mix.
I think my number was from 1994, but still my point is the same. How can there be nearly one death or disabilitating injury in every school in the country. Not buying the number.
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I think this means in the entire US population, from all injuries.
26,000??? crippled or killed? That’s more than drunk driving! Sounds like a BS number, but shouldn’t we outlaw cheering and throw the coaches in jail? think of the children for goodness sake.
What’s that, the Lesbian Butt Squeezing League?
probably just checking to see if her swim suit is far enough up her behind/(shaking head)