Cheerleading Safety Making Great Strides

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A report from a publication by The American Academy of Pediatrics shows cheerleading has the fifth best safety record of 22 high school sports studied. 

The most recent data from the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health studied 22 high school sports using data from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study from 2009/2010 to 2013/2014. It’s the first study to include cheerleading injuries in a side-by-side comparison to high school sports. 

The findings ranked cheerleading eighteenth out of 22 sports in terms of overall injury rates. While concussions were the most common cheerleading injury found, cheerleading’s concussion rates were lower than all other sports combined.

“We are encouraged that the work we’ve done to date has helped keep cheerleading safe, but we must remain ever vigilant in this effort,” said Bill Seely, president of USA Cheer, the governing body for cheerleading in the U.S.