Statistics provided by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury indicates that over the last 25 years, cheerleading accidents have accounted for 63 percent of all high school direct catastrophic injuries in female athletes, along with 56 percent of collegiate athletes.
As there are many stunts required by cheerleaders, the likelihood of serious injuries and fatalities are increased compared to other activities. These stunts are intended to hype up the crowd during sporting events or simply competing against other cheerleading teams. Of course, the most dangerous and impressive stunt of all is throwing the cheerleaders up in the air, while this is one of the causes of the most severe injuries.
At Mike Lewis Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers will seek justice for children that were injured as a result of cheerleading accidents. Our attorneys have won numerous verdicts and settlements and will fight on your behalf to achieve the maximum compensation available for your losses and damages.
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Types of Cheerleading Injuries
Taking part in any activity or sport increases the chance for an individual to become injured, of course the more complexities that are added increase the risk of injuries even more. Cheerleaders are required to perform gymnastic like tasks, but without a safety mat and with increased elevation, as they may be tossed into the air. Thus, cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports for women athletes.
Some common cheerleading injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Hamstring injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Pulled groins
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprained ankles
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrist injuries
If you or your child has suffered an injury while cheerleading, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for these injuries. This will not only ensure all injuries have been taken care of, but these medical documents can also be used by our attorneys in the court of law.
Reasons for Cheerleading Accidents
Cheerleading is now recognized as an extreme sport, as cheerleaders are required to perform certain acrobatics and stunts. These activities can be extremely dangerous if they are taught by an incompetent coach who keeps increasing the difficulty without teaching proper form and technique. This is becoming increasingly recognized as 12 states now require cheerleading coaches to obtain the proper certifications.
Of course, many schools still do not require their coaches to have any type of formal athletic or gymnastic training and continue to require high performance stunts and place a high demand on their squads. This is one of the top reasons for accidents occurring, which could easily be avoided with proper training.
North Carolina Cheerleading Coach Certification
Throughout North Carolina and the United States, cheerleading certification and support groups have been established due to the increased recognition if injuries which cheerleaders are sustaining. These groups have set certain standards to assure each coach has the proper knowledge to prevent injuries and perform correct cheerleading coach duties.
Some of these groups include:
- North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association
- American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators
- North Carolina High School Athletic Association
- Cheer Ltd. (Judges)
These groups all play a role to help increase the proper training, coaching, and ensuring safety to cheerleaders across North Carolina.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Personal Injury Attorneys
At Mike Lewis Attorneys, our attorneys believe that if you or a family member has been injured due to the negligent actions of another individual, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages.
With our primary office located in Winston-Salem, we are licensed to serve throughout the state of North Carolina.
Some local areas we provide services to include:
- Oak Ridge
If you are interested in learning more about our law firm, or if you would like to schedule your free case evaluation, we invite you to call us at 866-299-1769 today. At this point a member of our staff will collect information regarding your injury and quickly connect you with one of our caring personal injury attorneys ready to fight for you in the court of law.