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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 http://www.dailyindependent.com/news/second-in-a-series-baseline-concussion-tests-required-for-ashland/article_7fdcfbb6-7099-11e5-9285-d7ab0333c87a.html

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Cheerleader Fails to Clear Gross Negligence Standard in Concussion Case

(Editor’s Note: What follows is a brief synopsis of one of several case summaries in Concussion Litigation Alert. For details on this summary and others, please subscribe at https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

A state appeals court affirmed a lower court’s ruling, granting summary disposition to a school district and coach, who were sued after a cheerleader suffered a concussion while performing a stunt.

In so ruling, the panel found that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate gross negligence on the part of the defendants. For example, the coach had provided weeks of training on the stunt prior to the injury.KENTUCKY2010 064

The plaintiff was a ninth grader when she sustained an injury. After being hired by the school district, her coach became a member of the state high school athletic association and attended meetings and camps regarding cheerleading techniques, methods and safety. As the head coach, she admitted she was responsible for monitoring the safety of her players, according to the court.

Tryouts for the fall cheerleading teams occur in the early spring. To make the teams, players are required to complete various activities and skills. An assessment of each player’s activities and skills at tryouts could require between 20 and 45 minutes, and each coach completed an assessment sheet with comments. If selected, team members would practice two to three times a week beginning in April, and then attend a summer cheerleading camp.

The coach testified that to promote safety, her teams would begin each practice with 45 minutes of conditioning and strength training, which included stretching, running, sit-ups, push-ups, hand stands, weightlifting in circuits, and jumping. She testified that she relied on the association cheerleading manual, which explains how to perform every maneuver. She would explain the maneuver step-by-step to players, and when possible, more experienced players would also demonstrate the maneuver. She would teach the players the maneuvers in “progression,” from basic to more intricate or difficult. …

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Appeals Court Sides with School District after Cheerleader Sues over Concussion

(Editor’s Note: What follows is a brief synopsis of one of several case summaries in Concussion Litigation Alert. For details on this summary and others, please subscribe at https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

A state appeals court affirmed a lower court’s ruling, dismissing the claim of a cheerleader, who suffered a concussion and then sued the school district for negligence. The doctrine of assumption of risk figured prominently in the decision.

The plaintiff Rachel started cheering in the eighth grade. That summer, prior to her ninth grade year, she decided that she wanted to try out for the cheerleading team. The court noted that the plaintiff participated in a camp in the summer of 2010, during which they practiced stunts and were allegedly warned of the dangers of stunts.

After school started, the cheerleading team practiced for about two and a half hours a day. The plaintiff was in the advanced stunting group, which was more experienced than the other groups. The team practiced stunts from mid-September 2010 to October 20, 2010- the day that the plaintiff sustained injuries while positioned as a base. The flyer came down too far to the right and fell on the plaintiff. Her elbow hit her between the eyes, causing a concussion.

The plaintiff filed a complaint against Linfield that included a first cause of action for negligence entitled Negligence/Recklessness, a second cause of action for promissory fraud, and a third cause of action for negligent misrepresentation.

The school countered with a motion for summary judgment or, in the alternative, summary adjudication, on the grounds that ….

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