Learn more about preventing cheerleading injuries

Cheering your team to victory is usually a harmless activity. However, when a pyramid collapses or a stunt goes awry, concussions can occur.

Did you know most cheerleading concussions occur during practice? Learn more below.


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Facts About Cheerleading and Concussions

The overall injury rate in cheerleading is low, but concussion is the most common injury.

Percent of all cheerleading injuries that are concussion: 31.1%

Unlike other sports, most cheerleading injuries (78.8%) occur during practice rather than during game time.

The following skills make up the largest proportion of concussion injuries:

  • Stunts: 69%
  • Pyramids: 15.7%
  • Tumbling: 9.1%
  • Other: 6.2%

When it comes to positioning during stunts, being at the bottom makes you most susceptible to concussion:

  • Bases: 45.5%
  • Flyers: 36%
  • Spotters: 9.8%
  • Other: 8.6%

These are the most common ways to get a concussion during cheerleading:

  • Contact with the playing surface 37.9%
  • Contact with another person: 58.9%
  • Due to:
    • Elbow
    • Head
    • Foot


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