As the cheerleading sport grows in popularity, so do the intense competitive dynamics, which if not practiced properly, can lead to extreme injury, particularly concussions.
What exactly is brain health and why should it be a top priority in everyone’s lives?
In simple terms, our brain health underlies our ability to communicate, make decisions, connect with others, problem-solve, and live a productive and happy life … and so much more. A brain injury left untreated can be detrimental to a child’s education and proper development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a 27-year study on cheerleading, concluding the sport was responsible for 65% of catastrophic injuries to female high school athletes. The number increases if you consider college injuries.
This recognition would not only increase funding for the programs, providing money to purchase better safety equipment, but it would also set requirements assuring schools will provide the same level of safety training to coaches as the other recognized sports.
But we can’t wait until then to protect our cheerleaders.
We can and should start now.
Flying is one of the more sought-after positions in competitive cheer because of the thrill that comes from flying through the air. They rely on bases to support and catch them to prevent injury.
Bases are the athletes who support the flyers by lifting and catching them. They must have strong technique and be properly trained to reduce concussion risk.
Cheerleaders and coaches should work together to promote a culture of safety and concussion prevention, educating teammates and parents and reporting signs or symptoms of concussions.
Cheerleaders should wear appropriate safety gear, such as helmets and headbands, and be trained in correct techniques to reduce concussion risk.
You can dramatically decrease the chances PCS (post concussion syndrome) by catching a concussion early and properly follow the recommended protocol from your physician.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that can cause the brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Concussions in cheerleading are most often caused by falls, collisions, or being hit by a solid object, such as a pom-pom.
2. Techniques for Bases to Reduce Concussion Risk
Bases should be trained in proper techniques for lifting and catching and should work together with flyers to improve safety.
There are many different signs and symptoms that can signal to a brain injury. Many of which can be easily mistaken for something else. This is why it is important to monitor your children if they are involved in a high contact sport.
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