catastrophic injuries, neuro rehabilitation

Cheerleaders and catastrophic injuries. Is cheerleading the most dangerous female sport?

 It’s a controversial question, but recent studies suggest that the answer is actually yes. If you look at the numbers, there is no doubt that cheerleading is the sport that poses the biggest risk of catastrophic injuries to sports women:

  • A study conducted by The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR) found that collegiate cheerleading accounted for 70.5% of all female catastrophic sports injuries and high school cheerleading for 65.2% of all high school female catastrophic sports injuries
  • In 1980, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported an estimated 4954 hospital emergency room visits caused by cheerleading
  • In 2007, the number increased to 26 786, with head and neck injuries accounting for 15.1% of these visits. Almost all of the patients with injuries (98%) were treated and released, but in 2007, 221 cheerleaders were hospitalized, 217 were treated and transferred to another hospital, and 64 were held for observation.

Being one of the most popular sports among high school and college students, it’s clear that injuries connected with cheerleading are not a minor issue. As we know, it is a sport that involves a lot of acrobatics. And all kinds of gymnastic stunts, including throwing a person up to 30 ft in the air. We have to remember that cheerleading as we know it nowadays is actually  quite a recent development. Compared to 1970s pom-pom shaking and vocal cheering, cheerleading of the 2000s is a completely different – and much more dangerous – sport. Injuries are more common, including brain and catastrophic injuries.

If you read our last article on brain injuries among football players, you know just how dangerous sports can be. According to F. Mueller and R. Cantu in “Twenty-Sixth Annual Report for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. Fall 1982–Spring 2008”: The lesson learned in football injury data collection can also be applied to cheerleading: injuries may never be totally eliminated, but with reliable injury data collection systems, constant analysis of the data, and the development, evaluation, and dissemination of effective injury prevention strategies, these injuries can be dramatically reduced.

Catastrophic injuries – where can I look for help?

If you or your loved one suffers from a catastrophic injury, you can find the best care at NeuLife Rehab, a facility that provides specialized catastrophic rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. The customized programs will meet the individual needs of each patient. Our team consists of clinical and administrative professionals with a collective 200 years of clinical rehabilitation experience.

NeuLife Rehab – Brain Injury Rehab Programs

As a leading inpatient rehabilitation facility, we are able to treat a wide range of diagnoses and injuries, such as:

  • Brain Injury (TBI, ABI & MBI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Amputations
  • Stroke
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Read more about our Brain Injury Center, Post Acute Rehab, and Residential Rehabilitation programs in Florida or call NeuLife today at 800.626.3876.

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