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Everyone Needs an Athletic Trainer

A Call to Action! A United Front for Safety!
by Karen Lew, MEd., ATC, LAT

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month, National Athletic Training Month, and Brain Injury Awareness Month. March is a great month to review all protocols that improve safety and injury awareness. It is hard to go one day without hearing some type of information on head injuries in sports. Within cheerleading, we are hoping to provide the necessary information and educational pieces that will help reduce head injuries and any confusion among athletes, coaches and administrators about how they should be handled. It is the goal of USA Cheer to make the public aware of the protocols that have been created and implemented within the past two years. Creating a well-educated and united team response to any head injury will provide all participants with the best care possible.

A concussion is a trauma-induced change in mental status, with confusion and amnesia, and with or without a brief loss of consciousness. Concussions can also be referred to as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). A concussion occurs when the head hits or is hit by an object, or when the brain is jarred against the skull, with sufficient force to cause temporary loss of function in the higher centers of the brain. The injured person may remain conscious or lose consciousness briefly, and is disoriented for some minutes after the blow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 300,000 people sustain mild to moderate sports-related brain injuries each year, most of them young men between 16 and 25.

While a concussion usually resolves on its own without lasting effect, it can set the stage for a much […]

2019-03-06T03:11:50-05:00March 26th, 2013|Safety|0 Comments

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month. Help protect cheerleaders by spreading the word about cheerleading safety and by making sure your cheer program follows recognized progressions and safety rules. Check back here all during March as we focus on various aspects of cheerleading safety!

Even though the emphasis is on cheer safety at all times, it’s always good to refocus and take stock of your safety program. Follow us on twitter and join the facebook event to get great safety tips all month long and throughout the year.

Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders showing some love for their athletic trainer! Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders showing some love for their athletic trainer!

Here are some simple steps you can take this month to improve cheer safety:

It’s also National Athletic Training Month, where this year’s slogan is “Every Body Needs and Athletic Trainer”. What a great opportunity to show your AT how much you appreciate what they do!

So, make sure your certifications are up to date, review and rehearse that emergency plan, involve your athletes, parents and administrators in your safety program and help keep our cheerleaders safe!

2019-03-06T03:11:50-05:00February 28th, 2013|Newsroom, Safety|0 Comments

There’s Nothing “Routine” About Safety

It’s that time of the year when some teams are preparing their routines for homecoming or competition, or even just filming skills videos for college competition. Here are a few tips and reminders about “routine” safety:

  • It goes without saying to follow the rules. If you question a skill your team is working on, contact the organization running the event to make sure the skill is legal. If they have a question about the interpretation, they will contact us, the NFHS or the USASF depending on the rules being used.
  • Only include routine elements that are solid. Not only is it a safety issue, but you will gain more points (with the crowd or judges) by having solid stunts that don’t fall vs. harder stunts that are shaky or that fall. Having solid stunts in the routine also allows your team members to show confidence, which is always a plus!
  • One of the great things about routines is that you can choreograph to your individual team skills. If the entire team doesn’t have a particular tumbling skill, showcase those that do while having the others perform complimentary skills or have them prepared to immediately follow the tumbling with some solid stunts in the back of the routine.
  • Put the routine together in blocks or sections. Learn each part and practice it on its own before combining them into the full routine. You should also have a “run through” version of the routine that doesn’t include actually building some of the more difficult elements of the routine. This will allow your team to work on formations and the flow of the routine with more repetitions.
  • As much as possible, utilize the skills you are already using for games or that you’ve […]
2013-03-01T08:40:55-05:00October 25th, 2012|Safety|0 Comments