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:
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