AAP Issues New Guidelines to Prevent Cheerleading Injuries

“Two-four-six-eight, what do we appreciate? SAFETY! Yeah, yeah, safety!” OK, so that’s not exactly a cheer but there’s no doubt about it, cheerleading is a dangerous activity.

The rise in popularity of cheerleading is astounding. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “From 1990 to 2003, the number of U.S. cheerleaders age 6 and older increased by roughly 600,000, from 3 million to 3.6 million.”

Unfortunately, the increase in the cheerleading’s popularity has also lead a radical increase in injuries to the head, neck, and lower extremities…[read more]

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