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. . . 65.2 percent of all catastrophic injuries in youth sports occur in cheerleading . . . she plummeted 20 feet headfirst into the gym floor, fracturing three vertebrae in her neck. Parks escaped permanent paralysis but now lives with unrelenting pain . . . Meanwhile, Jackson is paralyzed from the neck down after she leaped into the air, flipped into a back tuck and landed flat . . injury, disability and death from cheer-related accidents.
originally posted by: headorheart
ESPN and the American Medical Association see it as a sport. I'm not talking about running around with a cone on your head, I'm talking about competitive cheerleading.
I'd be willing to wager that the average Olympic grade 'cheerleader' can kick the snot out of any of their armchair critics! *__-
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: namelesss
"I'd be willing to wager that the average Olympic grade 'cheerleader' can kick the snot out of any of their armchair critics! *__-"
And you accuse those who don't see Cheerleading a sport of being gorillas.
If Cheerleading is deemed a sport then anything could be classed as such , Olympic fishing , Olympic Disco dancing or even Olympic juggling perhaps.
originally posted by: Serdgiam
a reply to: JDeLattre89
At a certain level of skill, I find ping pong as impressive as anything else.
I guess its easy to look at something like cheerleading in the least flattering light possible, but at the higher levels I'd be lying if I said I wasn't impressed by what they can accomplish with consistency.
Then again, I greatly enjoy watching synchronized swimming at the top levels too, so.. *shrug*