Baseline Testing for Cheerleaders Is Becoming a Reality

Cheerleaders at Paul G. Blazer High School in Kentucky have undergone baseline testing, according to a recent article in the Independant, an Ashland, Kentucky newspaper.

The article goes on to note that “research by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research has found cheerleading to be the leading cause of serious injuries to female athletes in high school and college, and that female cheerleaders suffer more severe injuries than do the male football players they cheer for.”cheer

It then builds a case for why cheer should be designated a sport.


“Being designated a sport would open doors to more funding for equipment and facilities, medical care, more scholarship opportunities, stricter requirements for coaching and stricter safety standards,” the journalist writes.

The full article can be viewed at

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