The most dangerous sport for women?

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PostThe most dangerous sport for women?
by Rubix » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:19 am

It’s cheerleading! :lol:

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Only in America

When you think about 'dangerous' sports, things like boxing, rugby, American football, motor racing and skiing come to mind.

However, for women in the United States, one sport appears to be much more dangerous than anything else and it is not what you might expect.

Cheerleading, believe it or not, is the sport that causes BY FAR the highest number of serious injuries amongst women in the country.

Some people might just see it as pretty girls waving pom-poms but it is a lot more physically demanding than that and the injury results published by the Journal of Pediatrics reveal some alarming statistics.

According to the new research, 66 per cent of "catastrophic" sporting injuries (resulting in permanent disability or medical conditions) amongst women in the US are caused by cheerleading or 'competitive cheer.'

At university level the figure is even higher with more than 70 per cent of serious injuries being suffered by cheerleaders.

The report says the majority of serious injuries are suffered by those catching cheerleaders rather than the ones being flung in the air.

Visits to casualty resulting from cheerleading has gone from under 5,000 in 1980 to 26,786 in 2007, while some of the girls who were analysed in the latest study may have suffered concussions that went undiagnosed at the time of their injuries.


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"I don't know that the general impression has evolved as fast as the sport has. It takes time for these things to register," Dr Cynthia LaBella, who wrote a separate report on cheerleading last year told the Washington Post.

"These girls, and boys, are at risk for injury. This should be considered a sport, and these folks should be treated as athletes, not as entertainers."

At the moment 29 US states recognise cheerleading as a sport.

Paediatrics want more states to acknowledge it as such as it would then require more regulation and qualified coaches.

An estimated 3.6 million Americans take part in cheerleading with 96 per cent of them women.


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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Rax » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:24 am

Its pretty crazy that its not recognised as a sport in the US so they dont get the same protections and what not as other athletes. They also get strawberry floated over in the pro ranks, the teams make a fortune in appearance fees and calendar sales yet the actual cheerleaders only get paid for working the games and its a part time position with no guarantee youll be on the squad next year. Its a pretty ruthless business overall.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:31 am

It makes sense. Those girl's do some crazy gooseberry fool.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Fatal Exception » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:34 am

Irocixar wrote:Its pretty crazy that its not recognised as a sport in the US so they dont get the same protections and what not as other athletes. They also get strawberry floated over in the pro ranks, the teams make a fortune in appearance fees and calendar sales yet the actual cheerleaders only get paid for working the games and its a part time position with no guarantee youll be on the squad next year. Its a pretty ruthless business overall.


It's not really a sport though is it?

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Skarjo » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:38 am

Cheerleading's strawberry floating hardcore. All those throws and jumps and catches, no wonder they all break their necks.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:40 am

I dunno, it's athletic, the outcome isn't predetermined and there are competitive cheerleading tournaments. Seems to meet most of the requirements to me.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Skarjo » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:48 am

It's as much a sport as synchronised swimming or wrestling is.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Mommy » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:52 am

96% of cheerleaders are women.


Worrying stat.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Seven Posers Posing » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:53 am

It's really dangerous. Unless Hollywood has lied to me, the cheerleader is almost always the first to get strawberry floated and then killed brutally.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:56 am

Skarjo wrote:It's as much a sport as synchronised swimming or wrestling is.


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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Mini E » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:27 am

Extreme Ironing. Men seem to actually be better at this though.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by 1cmanny1 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:44 am

Such a sexist sport.

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by JChalmers » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:08 pm

Girlfriend used to do cheerleading at Uni, know that it's pretty dangerous, last year her best mate broke her back, one of her other friends dislocated their elbow and fractured their collarbone and another broke their jaw :dread:

Even after that it's still a gooseberry fool 'sport' and having to watch competitions it's pretty boring.

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by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:12 pm

JChalmers wrote:Girlfriend used to do cheerleading at Uni, know that it's pretty dangerous, last year her best mate broke her back, one of her other friends dislocated their elbow and fractured their collarbone and another broke their jaw :dread:

Even after that it's still a gooseberry fool 'sport' and having to watch competitions it's pretty boring.


Yes... bonering. I mean boring. Yeah.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Rubix » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:13 pm

Depends on the age of the cheerleaders I guess


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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by JChalmers » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:20 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:
JChalmers wrote:Girlfriend used to do cheerleading at Uni, know that it's pretty dangerous, last year her best mate broke her back, one of her other friends dislocated their elbow and fractured their collarbone and another broke their jaw :dread:

Even after that it's still a gooseberry fool 'sport' and having to watch competitions it's pretty boring.


Yes... bonering. I mean boring. Yeah.


Haha yeah when you get the Uni teams competing then its :datass:

But when you sit through a full weekend of age groups ranging from toddlers through to Uni's you soon get bored of it!

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Saigon Slick » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:21 pm

JChalmers wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:
JChalmers wrote:Girlfriend used to do cheerleading at Uni, know that it's pretty dangerous, last year her best mate broke her back, one of her other friends dislocated their elbow and fractured their collarbone and another broke their jaw :dread:

Even after that it's still a gooseberry fool 'sport' and having to watch competitions it's pretty boring.


Yes... bonering. I mean boring. Yeah.


Haha yeah when you get the Uni teams competing then its :datass:

But when you sit through a full weekend of age groups ranging from toddlers through to Uni's you soon get bored of it!


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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by The Grassy knoll » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:47 pm

Mini E wrote:Extreme Ironing. Men seem to actually be better at this though.


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:slol:
Surely it would still be determined by the smoothness quality of the clothing not just the extreme location/activity.

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PostRe: The most dangerous sport for women?
by Fatal Exception » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:02 pm

The Grassy knoll wrote:
Mini E wrote:Extreme Ironing. Men seem to actually be better at this though.


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:slol:
Surely it would still be determined by the smoothness quality of the clothing not just the extreme location/activity.[/quote]

You think like a girl.

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