According to Kristen Lewis, injuries that
are occurring in cheerleading are happening more frequently due to the fact
that there are many cheerleaders today (Lewis 6). Participation in the sport of
cheerleading can lead to injuries ranging from sprains to traumatic head injuries.
Lewis states “Today, cheerleading accounts for 65 percent of all catastrophic
injuries among girl athletes in high school” (Lewis 7).
Jeanna Bryner explains that most injuries
that occur in cheerleading are not serious injuries. Sprains to the ankles and
knees happen frequently and do not require much time away from the sport to
heal (Bryner 8). Angela Bagnulo also states that the injuries that occur the most
frequently in cheerleading are sprains and strains (294). Bagnulo explains that
cheerleaders who perform professionally are more likely to have injuries to
their hamstrings due to the fact that they do more skilled dancing and tumbling
(Bagnulo 296). Bagnulo discusses that the severity of injuries depends on the different
age levels. She explains that All Star cheerleaders who compete year round and do
not participate in cheerleading at other sport functions tend to have more
severe injuries due to the fact that they spend a great deal of their time
practicing which gives them more time to be injured (Bagnulo 294).