Cheerleading may lead to head injuries

Georgia cheerleaders and their families may be unaware that cheerleading is one of the more dangerous sports. It is responsible for over half of female athletes' catastrophic injuries including brain injury, paralysis and death. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons says it is one of the top 20 sports that causes head injuries.

Many people do not realize that cheerleading has become a high-pressure sport that requires a great deal of flexibility and strength from its athletes and long hours of practice. Cheerleaders are most likely to be injured during practice when they are trying new skills. More than one-third of cheerleaders' injuries are concussions.

While a typical cheerleading routine is only two and a half minutes long, challenges such as tumbling passes and stunts can lead to injury if individuals have not practiced enough. A typical stunt in cheerleading involves a flyer, bases and a back. The flyer is the one who goes up in the air while the bases support the flyer and the back provides stability. Flyers can be injured if they are dropped, and bases can be injured by having the flyer fall on them. Cheerleaders who are injured should listen to their bodies and not be dissuaded by coaches or teammates if they feel they need medical attention.

Although brain injuries are often associated with sports, they can also often result from other causes, such as falls or car accidents. A person who has suffered a brain trauma in an accident caused by the negligence of another party may want to obtain the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking compensation from the responsible person or entity for the losses that have been sustained.

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