October 21, 2008

dying to be a cheerleader?

According to the Dallas Morning News, cheerleading is the leading cause of fatal injuries to high school and college age women.

Whoa. Let that sink in.

But wait, there's more. Cheerleading is also the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to those girls. Let's think about that for a minute, shall we? Think about the cheerleader-to-non-cheerleader ratio lurking behind that statistic... that means a very small percentage of the total female student population is sustaining the majority of the injuries in that whole population.

For the sake of cheerleading.

Does anyone out there hear the clue phone ringing?

Do these girls have fathers?

Is cheerleading becoming our new Roman arena sport? (Hey, look over there! They didn't catch her! Is she dead or what? Dude!")

1 comment:

Dani said...

I never personally got what was so cool about doing flips and stunts in a super short skirt in really cold weather at a football game.

A bunch of injuries just seems like one more reason to not engage in/or let your kid be a cheerleader.