In 2001, there were 25,000 hospital visits for cheerleading injuries to the ankle, shoulder, head and neck.
If a cheerleader gets dropped or put in the wrong position she could break a limb, be paralyzed, or even die.
Ankle sprains, back injuries, head injuries (including concussions), broken arms, knee injuries, and elbow injuries are just a few of the injuries in cheerleading
Two years ago, Patty Phommanyvong was a healthy 17-year-old. Now she will never walk or talk again. She was injured while cheerleading.
For Bethany Hancock, senior year of high school was supposed to be filled with memorable events, events that would cap her four years as a cheerleader at East moor Academy in Columbus, Ohio. But instead of rooting the school's teams to victory, the teenager spent most of the year in and out of the hospital recovering from two surgeries to repair torn ligaments in both of her knees. She was injured when she landed awkwardly on a marble floor while practicing a difficult jump in a school hallway.
In a U.S. vote more than 84% of Americans thought that cheerleading was the most dangerous sport of all.
Cheerleading is a dangerous sport because more people are killed, paralyzed, or severely injured while cheerleading.