Injury Prevention in Cheerleading

Injury prevention is an effort to prevent or reduce the severity of bodily injuries caused by external mechanisms, such as accidents, before they occur. Injury prevention is a component of safety and public health, and its goal is to improve the health of the population by preventing injuries and hence improving quality of life. Injury prevention strategies cover a variety of approaches, many of which are classified as falling under the “3 E’s” of injury prevention: education, engineering modifications and enforcement/enactment. Some organizations have expanded the list to six E’s adding: evaluation, economic incentives and empowerment.

Risk of injury can be reduced by completing an effective warm up consisting of a heart raiser to get your pulse up, followed by sports specific dynamic stretches.

Doctors believe fatigue can be a contributing factor in sports injuries because it is more difficult for the body to protect itself when fatigued. Stopping an activity at the first sign of fatigue can prevent sports related injuries.

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Cheer Athletics

Cheer Athletics, located in Plano, TX (near Dallas), Austin, TX, Frisco, TX and now Charlotte, NC, is one of the largest all-star cheerleading progam in the United States. CA has over 800 athletes and more than 28 teams at any given time. The owners of Cheer Athletics are Jody Melton, Angela Rogers (who are also the co-founders) and Brad Habermel. They have won 15 World Championships at the Cheerleading Worlds sponsored by USASF, and hundreds of local and national competitions, making them arguably the most accomplished program as well. In 2007, their owners and coaches were ranked number 1 in the country by American Cheerleader Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential People in All-Star Cheerleading. They have won a total of 70 National Titles from the National Cheerleaders Association and have 32 medals from the USASF Worlds.