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Strains and sprains account for more than half of all cheerleading injuries. Of these, ankle sprains are the most common, followed by strains or sprains of the neck, lower back, knee and wrist.

Back injuries: Stunts like lifting other cheerleaders above the head, tumbling and dismounting while twisting and rotating can all place significant stress on the lower back, which can lead to back pain. A more serious injury that can occur over time is a stress fracture to the vertebra, one of the bones that make up the spinal column. If the stress fracture occurs on both sides of the vertebrae, the bone can become weakened and unable to maintain its position. The vertebrae can then slip out of place, resulting in a condition called spondylolisthesis.

Concussions: With the frequency of gymnastics stunts performed, cheerleading has become a competitive high-contact sport. As a result, head injuries like concussion are becoming more common.

"Cheerleading." Injuries – Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine – Children's Hospital Colorado. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2015.

sprains and strains are the highly frequent cheerleading injuries .

back injuries happen sometimes because in the stunts the cheerleaders could fall back doing a back handspring and hurt your back relay bad can cause to go to the emergency room.


I think cheerleading is the most sport that causes injuries . Injuries can happen if u don't learn the skill or didn't practice it enough . this can cause a lot of falls injuries maybe even Concussions. I have learn that tumbling gymnastics and cheerleading are the same in all those sports with one little mistake could lead you to the emergency room . This is why instead you should not practice by yourself at home try practicing with a teacher that experience these skills .

some ways to reduce injury risk factors to try to prevent these types of injurys or lessen their severity

Stretch the muscles of the upper and lower extremity, including the back, before and after activity. Hold all stretches a minimum of 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times each.

2. When landing from jumps, stress landing in the athletic position. The hips and legs must be used as shock absorbers. Keep the shoulders over the knees, the knees over the toes and don’t let the knees collapse in towards each other.

3. Balance training should include stationary and dynamic activities that progress incrementally. Balance exercises should begin on a stable surface such as the floor and progress to unstable surfaces such as the mat.

4. The core is the link in the chain that connects the arms and the legs. If the core is weak, injuries are more likely. The core includes the abdominal, back and hip muscles. Core exercises should be done on a daily basis.

5. Repetitive tumbling activities must be done in intervals, followed with rest. These should not be done on an every day basis.

Coaches, athletes and parents need to recognize the difference between common aches or pains and significant injuries. Below are some warning signs that describe a significant injury that needs immediate medical attention.

1. Obvious deformity

2. Significant swelling, discoloration or bruising

3. Tenderness over any bone

4. Numbness, tingling and weakness

5. Extreme difference in temperature (hot or cold) compared to uninjured side

6. Inability or reluctance to move the body part or bear weight

N.p., n.d. Web.

you should always stretch for 30 seconds before practicing a skill. stretch because that lessens your muscle when your about to do a skill that is dangerous . even if you hurt yourself inside there is medicine for that .


The information above are some ways to help prevent injuries. I think if you stretch before you do any of the skills in cheerleading less injuries will happen. If you injur yourself you should contact a doctor so they can give you the medicine you need.