Decades ago, cheerleaders led crowds at sporting events with pom-poms, clapping and toe kicks. Those days are gone. Today, cheerleading is a competitive, physically demanding activity that takes place year-round. Complex stunts, pyramid building and athletes tossed high in the air have taken the place of the splits, and the injuries show it.
In fact, cheerleading accounts for more than 65 percent of all catastrophic injuries suffered by female high school athletes during the past 25 years. The catastrophic injuries from the sport may cause permanent brain injuries, paralysis or death.
$2 Million Settlement After Fall At Cheerleading Class
In one California case, a 12-year-old girl sustained severe and permanent injuries while attending a beginning cheerleading class. During an unsupervised cheerleading stunt, a lawsuit later claimed, the girl did not have enough spotters to support her. She was lifted by her ankles, lost her balance and fell backward over the shoulders of a spotter.