Doctors recommend new safety standards for cheerleading - KMOV.com

Doctors recommend new safety standards for cheerleading

(KMOV.com) - After responding to an increasing number of cheerleading injuries, doctors are suggesting new guidelines for safety.

The Academy of Pediatrics says cheerleading should be designated as a sport in all states. Doctors are also recommending that stunts should not be performed on hard or wet surfaces and pyramids should be no more than two people high.

Designation cheerleading as a sport would ensure cheerleaders certain safety measures. The overall injury rate in high school cheerleading is lower than other girls' sports such as soccer and gymnastics. The rate of catastrophic injuries such as skull fractures and spinal injuries is higher in cheerleading, however.

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