Ready? Okay! March is National Cheerleading Safety Month in the United States. The purpose is to help protect cheerleaders by spreading the word about cheerleading safety and by ensuring cheer programs follow recognized safety rules and progressions. With the administrators, coaches, parents, and athletes all working together, an education on how to perform at their very best while being safe in their efforts can be absorbed and passed on.
Just like any other sport, cheerleaders risk injury especially if they don’t follow safety protocols. Even when they do, forming pyramids, tossing and other stunts are a regular part of cheerleading: knees twist, muscles strain, and joints become dislocated. Athletes need to be aware of the risks and respond accordingly. National Cheerleading Safety Month addresses these risks and how to reduce the impact on participants.
Over the last 5 years, data from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research indicates that cheerleading has experienced a significant reduction in injuries. This is mostly due to additional rules and restrictions, as well as improved coaches training
“Our mission with National Cheerleading Safety Month has been to educate parents, cheerleaders and administrators to the facts of cheerleading safety at every level -school, college and all star-and to improve cheerleading safety through the involvement of a wide spectrum of organizations in the cheerleading community. Since 2006, there has been a downward trend in risk from cheerleading, and while we are proud of that success, we understand the importance of keeping up this momentum going forward.”-Ronnie Carter, Executive Director of USA Cheer
Throughout the month, take the opportunity to review safety protocols with your cheer team. It’s also a perfect time to refresh on first aid practices and certification updates.
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