Sports column: cheer on whoever cheers on everyone else

Sports column: cheer on whoever cheers on everyone else

Published 9:43 AM Monday, September 19, 2022

By LAUREN SEXTON | Sports journalist

Is cheerleading a sport? Yes, the answer is an absolute yes. This seems like one of the most overrated controversies in sport, because it’s pretty obvious that cheerleaders should be seen as a sport. Just because cheerleaders spend most of their time on the fringes of basketball and soccer games and nurture the never-ending tradition of the school spirit doesn’t mean they should instead be sidelined to be another after-school activity. They do a lot more than just round up the student section when the home team is about 20 points behind. Honestly, with all the physical and mental exhaustion these school-minded athletes face, who encourages them?

Cheerleaders take hits just as much as football players. They may not have a 280-pound linebacker on the way, but if we start by discussing the physical toll cheerleaders take, it might be best to compare cheerleaders to football. Is this fair because what is football without cheerleading? With all the flips, leaps and lifts, it’s hard to imagine not getting banged in the face every now and then.

A report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reports that it included injuries caused by both high school and college athletes, the number of injuries cheerleaders face is classified as direct catastrophic injuries. NCCSIR describes this as “any serious injury sustained while participating in a school / university sponsored sport”. Cheerleading finished second to football based on data collected over the past four decades. Although cheerleading ranks second to football in the NCCSIR high school and college sports report, it still ranks first among more than 20 other ranked sports.

As cliché as this is, the Oxford Dictionary defines sport as “an activity involving physical effort and skill in which one individual or team competes against another or others for fun.” Aside from countless games, cheerleaders spend on the sidelines of basketball and football matches, cheering also competes in events. They have to create elaborate routines as well as work on their school fight chant. They travel across states to compete in competitions, some even making it to Orlando, Florida for the Cheerleading Worlds held annually at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex. It seems to me the definition of a sport.

The physical toll and time commitment cheerleaders have to endure are what every athlete experiences. However, there is one thing that differs from cheerleading to all other sports. Who is cheering them on? Seriously, they have to make a fuss with fans in the stands in terrible weather conditions and during even worse matches.

I’ve never been a cheerleader, but many of my closest friends grew up cheering in Alabama. And I’ve also known football and basketball players who got cheered on by the spirit team here in Shelby County at one point in time. These cheerleaders nurture school traditions and team spirit. They decorate the players’ lockers, make them posters before the big games, and even prepare the baked goods for the players! Why doesn’t the football team make cheerleader cookies every now and then or why doesn’t the basketball team decorate their locker before competitions? Cheerleaders are the foundation of enthusiasm and spirit. Shouldn’t they be encouraged for a change?

Soccer is easily one of the main sports to consume in the fall season, but perhaps it’s time for cheerleaders to get just a little more recognition this time of year. Cheerleading is practically a year-round sport with football in the fall, basketball in the winter and cheering contests in the spring. It’s time to cheer on those who cheer everyone else on for a change. So, to answer the question once again, yes, cheering is a sport.

What are the most common injuries in cheerleading?

What are the most common injuries in cheerleading?

Common injuries

  • Sprains in the ankle. Ankle sprains are the most common cheerleading injury and usually occur when the cheerleader lands on the outside of the foot, turning the ankle inward. This may interest you : Gameday guide: Vikings-49ers at US Bank Stadium. …
  • Knee injuries. …
  • Wrist injuries. …
  • Low back pain. …
  • Head injuries. …
  • Catastrophic injuries.

How many injuries do cheerleaders have? The overall injury rates for training, encouragement rallies, athletic events, and cheerleading competitions were 1.0, 0.6, 0.6, and 1.4 injuries per 1000 athlete expos, respectively.

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Are basket tosses illegal for middle school?

To address these concerns, the AACCA Rules Committee has decided to ban all hoop throws and full double twist descents, regardless of surface, for all elementary, middle and middle school cheerleaders. On the same subject : The College Life of an HBCU Cheerleader.

What stunts are illegal in cheerleading? Inverted suspended stunts, basket throws and 2 ½ high pyramids (3 levels) are prohibited by the NFHS high school spirit rules. Hoop throws and contorted descents / releases / rotations also have limitations this year.

What stunts are illegal in middle school cheer?

Tripping over, over or under a stunt, person, or prop is illegal. Bouncing on a stunt, person, or prop is illegal. This may interest you : Cowboys Camp: 13 Practices Open to Fans in Oxnard. EXCEPTIONS: a) Non-aerial rolling over a person or prop is allowed. (Trolleys, rolls, and walkovers with pom poms or on top of a person are allowed.)

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