By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Years ago, cheerleading was dominated by pom poms and simple cheers. Over time, cheerleading evolved to include acrobatics, flips, and free fall from high pyramids. As a result thereof, cheerleading has become a very dangerous sport riddles with serious personal injuries to boys and girls alike. While safety efforts have been stepped over over the past few years, there continues to be serious personal injuries and deaths while practicing and performing cheerleading routines and stunts. It has been reported that there were 67 fatal, disabling, or serious personal injuries resulting from cheerleading incidents between 1982 and 2007. This accounted for over 60 percent of the total incidents of injuries to female high school student athletes during this time period.
If you have a child participating in cheerleading or other sports, ask the coach about the routines that will be performed and the risks of the sport. Also ask about safety measures and policies / procedures regarding the same. You can read more about the risks and dangers of cheerleading at Cheerleading Is a Dangerous Sport.