Sports can be very dangerous. While most people know that high contact sports such as hockey and football are brutal, many do not realize that cheerleading is very hazardous, as well. Cheerleading often has the reputation of being a “girly”, not risky sport. People do not think the injuries can be severe. However, studies have found cheerleading to be responsible for more serious and deadly injuries than any other female sport. This research comes as a surprise to many who did not think there was need for concern. Now knowing the dangers, there is a push to improve the safety of the sport.
Between 1982 and 2007, cheerleading was the leading cause of severe injuries to female athletes followed by gymnastics and track. The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injuries Research reported similar findings for a study concluded in 2008. They found that cheerleading accounted for 65.2 percent of high school and 70.5 percent or college catastrophic sports injuries.
The good news is that progress is being made to make the sport safer. This has resulted in fewer injuries during the 2007-2008 school year. Advocates of the sport are hoping that the press will highlight the dangers of the sport, so that the public is aware and takes the necessary precautions to keep cheerleaders safe.
If you or a loved one has suffered a cheerleading injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Appleton personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 today.