Catastrophic Cheerleading Injuries

  title={Catastrophic Cheerleading Injuries},
  author={Barry P Boden and Robin L Tacchetti and Frederick O. Mueller},
  journal={The American Journal of Sports Medicine},
  pages={881 - 888}
Background: There are few epidemiologic studies of cheerleading injuries. Purpose: To develop a profile of catastrophic injuries in cheerleading and to describe relevant risk factors. Study Design: Retrospective cohort study. Methods: We reviewed 29 of 39 incidents of cheerleading injuries reported to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research from 1982 to 2002. Results: Twenty-seven of the injured cheerleaders were women. There were 1.95 direct catastrophic injuries per year… 

Cheerleading injuries and safety.

  • F. Mueller
  • Education
    Journal of athletic training
  • 2009
4 articles on cheerleading injuries in this issue of JAT, which use epidemiologic data collection methods, are a great start to better cheerleading injury data, but with only 1 year of data, making reliable recommendations for safety is difficult.

Cheerleading-related injuries in the United States: a prospective surveillance study.

The first to report cheerleading injury rates based on actual exposure data by type of team and event is reported, which are lower than those reported for other high school and collegiate sports; however, many cheerleading injuries are preventable.

An assessment of injuries in college cheerleading: distribution, frequency, and associated factors

Guidelines and policy governing cheerleading should be developed according to mandatory injury reporting similar to that currently used in other sports, as well as related factors.

Progress in Cheerleading Safety: Update on the Epidemiology of Cheerleading Injuries Presenting to US Emergency Departments, 2010-2019

The number of cheerleading-related injuries presenting to US EDs decreased from 2010 to 2019, however, the incidence of concussions/closed head injuries and hospital admissions increased, suggesting that further measures are needed to improve safety for cheerleaders.

Pediatric Cheerleading Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States

The rising number and rate of pediatric cheerleading injuries underscore the need for increased efforts to prevent these injuries.

Injuries in Collegiate Male Cheerleaders in the United States: ADescriptive Study

Similar types and cause of injuries occur among male collegiate level cheerleaders when compared to previous research on female cheer injuries; however, male cheerleaders might be at an increased risk for upper body injuries.

Catastrophic High School and Collegiate Cheerleading Injuries in the United States: An Examination of the 2006-2007 Basket Toss Rule Change

Catastrophic injury rates in cheerleading decreased dramatically after the 2006-2007 rule change banning basket tosses from being performed on any hard surfaces, in particular, there was a nearly 4-fold reduction in the rate of catastrophic basket toss injuries.

Epidemiology of cheerleading injuries presenting to NEISS hospitals from 2002 to 2007

The upper extremity was the most commonly injured part of the body and sustained a significantly greater number of fractures, however, head injuries were more likely to be severe.

Cheerleading injuries in children: What can be learned?

Findings concerning cheerleading injuries indicate that younger children (5 to 11 years old) are more likely to suffer moderate-to-severe injuries and the use of appropriate safety measures including appropriate flooring/safety mats and spotters to catch falling athletes should be mandatory.



Sports injuries and adolescent athletes.

A one-year study was undertaken investigating adolescent sports injury experiences at a major sports clinic in the state of Delaware. A total of 619 athletes sustained 870 injuries, for an overall

Are Cheerleaders Athletes

Cheerleaders routinely perform difficult stunts, but they are not generally considered to be athletes and would benefit from better conditioning and training.

Cheerleading: New Problems in a Changing Sport.

  • P. Hage
  • Education
    The Physician and sportsmedicine
  • 1981
High school and college cheerleading is becoming more sophisticated and competitive, yet research on injuries and conditioning is virtually nonexistent. Liability problems may produce additional

Catastrophic Injuries in High School and College Sports

Cheerleading injuries: patterns, prevention, case reports.

Cheerleading injuries have been attributed to lack of experience, inadequate conditioning, insufficientconditioning, insufficient supervision, difficult stunts, and inappropriate surfaces and equipment.

NCCSIR Eighteenth Annual Report. National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research: Fall 1982-Spring

  • National Center for Sports Injury Research,
  • 2000

Cheerleaders suffer few serious injuries

  • Physician Sportsmed 11(1):
  • 1983