Cheerleading Injuries becoming more catastrophic - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/09

Cheerleading Injuries becoming more catastrophic

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Football has been known to be a dangerous sport, but what about cheerleading?  A new study from Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital says the most serious sports injuries among high school and college athletes are happening on the sidelines. Cheerleaders and pom-pom girls account for more catastrophic injuries than basketball, soccer, and even football.

"When we talk about catastrophic injuries, typically we refer to head and neck injuries, that can cause paralysis, brain damage or even death," says Stephen Storer, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He adds, "I just saw a child with a fractured shoulder yesterday who was a flyer and she was six years old."  

Dr. Storer says one problem is that wear little or no protection at all. They may be thrown anywhere from 10 to 15 feet in the air and there is always a possibility that something may go wrong. In football and other sports, helmets and pads are expected to be worn to protect players from possible injuries.

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