Cheerleaders and Athletes Cheered Need Equal Safety Standards
Definitions matter, and the young women and girls who do the flips, twirls and human pyramids for the teams are athletes. But the NCAA hasn’t recognized cheerleading as a sport, and court rulings have held that colleges can’t use cheerleading to establish gender equity in sports as required by Title IX. A MedPage today story by Sarah Wickline reports the AMA vote that cheerleading is a sport can be expected to mean coaches will have to undergo safety training and certification. A fivethirtyeight blogpost by Walt Hickey explains that cheerleading accounts for two thirds of all catastrophic injuries among female athletes, and also gives perspective on how to understand injury statistics for many sports.