A Parent’s Guide to Cheerleading Safety

Weight Management for Cheerleaders

Cheerleading is an intensely physical sport that includes fast paced floor routines, pyramid-building, lifting, tossing and being tossed. With the rise in youth cheerleading participation, the number of cheerleaders at risk for injury is also rising.

Following are three of the most common cheerleading injuries. Click on the links to learn how to recognize the danger signs and promote cheer safety.

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A concussion is a brain injury usually caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head or neck.

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Back Pain

Repetitive maneuvers that require hyperextension often result in back strain.

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Ankle and Knee Injuries

Ligament, muscle and tissue injuries often follow an awkward jump or stunt landing.

Cheerleading Safety PDF

The Kohl’s Sports Health and Wellness Outreach Program encourages parents and coaches to print the downloadable cheerleading safety sheet and share it with family and friends.


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