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.

For more about preventing injuries, listen to my podcast at: http://cheerology.podomatic.com/entry/2014-07-15T01_32_01-07_00

 

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