Would you let your children become cheerleaders?
If they were old enough (17+), kept up with their schoolwork AND I was assured by their cheerleading trainers that they would have a safe, padded training area and that they would not be subjected to standing on each others' shoulders hoping someone's skull isn't smashed in the inevitable pileup as they fall.
Actually, it's danged dangerous so it's nothing I'd be pushing my kids to do. They can play soccer, tennis, softball, any number of great athletic sports that don't involve potentially dropping from 25 feet in the air onto their heads.
Where Cheerleading Ranks in Safety Among High School Sports | FiveThirtyEightIt’s crucial to get perspective on these numbers. Let’s assume that Mueller’s estimate — 2.68 catastrophic injuries for every 100,000 high school cheerleaders — is accurate. In comparison, each year 17.9 of every 100,000 New York state residents are hospitalized for traffic-related pedestrian injuries — nearly seven times higher than the upper-bound catastrophic-injury rate for high school cheerleaders. So, even if cheerleading is the most dangerous high school sport, it might be less dangerous than walking to work.
Yeah, not enough dead kids to give a fat flying **** about it. Who cares about a few dead/paralyzed teenager cheerleaders. Let's just have our children be paralyzed or dead. Viva dead kids!!Where Cheerleading Ranks in Safety Among High School Sports | FiveThirtyEight
I say we need to STOP treating our kids like China dolls.
Cheerleading has gotten boring in my opinion with all of the modern athletics in it, but I dont have a problem with it re safety.
Oh, I think little cheerleader camps may actually begin when the girls are four. My kid was playing soccer when she was 4, so, sigh, why not?