Pediatricians recommending new guidelines for cheerleaders

Published: Oct. 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 at 1:32 AM CST
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It's a high risk to be on the sidelines of a football game if you're cheering. That's according to an influential group of pediatricians who are recommending new guidelines to prevent cheerleading injuries. As the sport has become more acrobatic, the number of serious injuries has skyrocketed.

More than 6,000 injured every year.  Almost 30 thousand visit to emergency room every year.  That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for cheerleading to be designated as a sport in all states. That would mean mandatory pre-season physicals, access to qualified coaches, and better medical care.

The AAP also recommends pyramid and partner stunts not be allowed on hard, wet or uneven surfaces.  They should never stunt more than two people high.  Also, no cheerleader with a head injury should be allowed to return to practice until given the ok from a doctor.

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