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Cheerleading

At the Sports Medicine Program for Young Athletes at Children’s Hospital Colorado, we work specifically with young athletes. Our sole focus is to help your child or teen play, excel and enjoy the sports they love, including cheerleading.

Why are we experts at caring for young cheerleaders?

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we recognize that cheerleading has evolved into an activity requiring more athleticism and high-level skills than ever. Gymnastic moves now frequently replace previous cheerleading styles, and the difficulty of stunts has led to an increase in cheerleading-related injuries. That’s why the Sports Medicine Program for Young Athletes at Children’s Colorado has a special team of experts who specialize in treatment for young and adolescent cheerleaders.

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What is cheerleading’s impact on the body?

In a recent study, cheerleading was ranked 16th among sports with the highest number of injuries. And unlike other sports, cheerleading is a year-round activity, so cheerleaders are practicing and performing longer without as much of an off-season as other sports.

What are common cheerleading injuries?

The most common injuries in cheerleaders include:

  • Strains and sprains account for more than half of all cheerleading injuries. Of these, ankle sprains are the most common, followed by strains or sprains of the neck, lower back, knee and wrist.
  • Back injuries: Stunts like lifting other cheerleaders above the head, tumbling and dismounting while twisting and rotating can all place significant stress on the lower back, which can lead to back pain. A more serious injury that can occur over time is a stress fracture to the vertebra, one of the bones that make up the spinal column. If the stress fracture occurs on both sides of the vertebrae, the bone can become weakened and unable to maintain its position. The vertebrae can then slip out of place, resulting in a condition called spondylolisthesis.
  • Concussions: With the frequency of gymnastics stunts performed, cheerleading has become a competitive high-contact sport. As a result, head injuries like concussion are becoming more common. Learn more about concussion signs and symptoms.

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