Should cheerleading be an official school sport? America’s pediatricians say “yes!”
The American Academy of Pediatricians says cheerleading is increasingly sending many young high school girls to the emergency room.
However, these stunts are increasingly sending many young high school girls to the emergency room.
In a new report, the AAP says that reports that 26,000 injuries related to cheerleading occur in the U.S. every year. And tragically, cheerleading has caused 66 percent of all 'catastrophic injuries' for female high school athletes.
Members of the AAP have issued a new policy statement, saying that cheerleading should be recognized as an official sport.
According to ABC News, because cheerleading is NOT classified as a sport, it isn’t subject to the same rules and regulations as other athletic activities.
The AAP suggests new standards for cheerleading including requiring more qualified coaches and allowing "better access to medical care and injury surveillance.” They also suggest that cheerleaders be better trained on spotting techniques, and that stunts should be performed only on foam floors and not hard or wet surfaces.
Cheerleading has become incredibly popular in recent years, with more than 500,000 high school girls on cheer teams.”
To read the pediatricians’ new recommendations on cheerleading, visit their website at aap.org.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.