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Phys Sportsmed. 1997 Sep;25(9):83-96. doi: 10.3810/psm.1997.09.1508.

Cheerleading injuries: patterns, prevention, case reports.

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Department of Orthopedics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 60607-7128, USA.

Abstract

Compared with other sports, cheerleading carries a relatively low risk of injury, but the injuries that do occur tend to be relatively severe in terms of time lost. The most common injury site is the ankle, with head and neck injuries less common but more severe. Two case reports illustrate overuse and acute injuries typical of the sport. Cheerleading injuries have been attributed to lack of experience, inadequate conditioning, insufficient supervision, difficult stunts, and inappropriate surfaces and equipment. Prevention recommendations are included.

PMID:
20086936
DOI:
10.3810/psm.1997.09.1508

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