The stereotypical cheerleader with pompoms and ponytails isn?t what the real sport is about. There is much more then screaming ?GO! Team! Go!?, more then just the popular girl with a tight skirt. Cheerleading has changed into a rigorous sport. Since cheerleading has changed, there have been numerous injuries, different forms of training, even competitions. Cheerleading has improved to more then just an activity. It?s a passion; a sport.
Cheerleading has developed into a competitive routine based on stunts, jumps, tumbling, and dance. It has become athletic and potentially dangerous as a sport and should be made one to improve its safety within the last year. There have been 37,000 emergency visits that have involved cheerleading among girls ages 6 to 22, according to data from the consumer Product Safety Commission. These injuries have resulted in many sprains, broken arms and legs, neck injuries, and concussions. Things causing such accidents or injuries are stunts and tumbling. Some common stunts that pose a risk of tossing and flipping cheerleaders in the air or creating pyramids that could reach15 feet or higher. There are also much more dangerous stunts that involve acrobatics in the air. Some such tumbling skills could also result in injury. Things like doing many dangerous back flips. Many examples of injuries like this exist: two are Kasey Bronstein, 14, and her sister Kori, 17, of Mahwah, NJ who tore a knee tendon while flying in a stunt. They had knee surgery last November, followed by extensive physical therapy. Now that cheerleading has officially been declared as a sport in 2012-2013 year, they have added many rules and regulations you can not do may make it illegal or not.
Cheerleading is just like any other sport. It is based on training hard, perfecting skills, and performing at ones best. They build character and teamwork all during a routine of two minutes and thirty seconds. In that two and a half minutes you have a routine based off of jumps, stunts, dance, and tumbling. You must work hard. Step off the mat, deduction. Fall out of a stunt or bobble, deduction. Lose a piece of clothing, deduction, step on it, even more deductions. They train hard too, just like anyone else. They condition and run with blood, sweat, and tears like any football or hockey player.
In competitive cheerleading there are many things like competitions. In these competitions many all girl or even co-ed teams come and compete against each other. Co-ed teams involve both boy and girl cheerleaders, many higher level all-star teams are co-ed with up to 5-10 men on a team. These competitions all lead up to the biggest competition of the whole year called Worlds. Worlds is the biggest competition at the end of the season for only the best of the best all-star squads to go and test their skills against each other. All the winners of each division get many prizes and recognition.
During cheerleading we are always working and always having fun with our team. In cheerleading, team is family. The teamwork is unlike any other port in cheerleading. Every cheerleader has a very important part at every moment in the routine. Everyone is important and nobody is the star. It doesn?t matter weather you?re a flyer, base, back spot, or front. Cheerleaders have high energy, strength and agility. With everyone having dedication and commitment you become a team. We have a passion to cheer, everybody does. It grows every time they step out on the mat and hear the crowd cheering and the music playing.
Next time somebody sees a cheerleader glitzed out in make up and glitter think about everything they have worked for. The dedication and commitment they go through for the rigorous sport of cheerleading they have fell in love for. The passion they have to get up and keep going even if they are down. All for a two minute and thirty second routine.