Legend has it that cheerleading started with a University of Minnesota student standing up in the stands and leading his fellow students in “cheering” for their team during a football game. Cheerleading has morphed drastically since then. Today, it’s considered an athletic activity that incorporates elements of dance and gymnastics along with stunts and pyramid formations. In 2002, an estimated 3.5 million people in the United States participated as cheerleaders, from six-year-olds to adults who professional athletic teams. While cheerleading is meant to support an its intense competitions at the high school and collegiate levels have whole new dynamic, including increased risk for injury. Many injuries can be prevented by proper physical preparation, suitable and properly adjusted equipment, and common sense.
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