Another study has come out that confirms what we have known for a long time, that cheerleading is actually one of the safer sports available to young people. In the January 2016 edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal PEDIATRICS, Dustin Currie, et al., state that using the last five years of data compiled by the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study (NHSSRIS), injury rates in cheerleading rank 18th out of 22 sports, with an overall injury rate of .71 injuries per 1,000 athlete-exposures (AEs).
Concussion Rates Lower Than Other Sports
In addition to the low overall injury rate, the study shows that the concussion rates for cheerleaders “were significantly lower in cheerleading (2.2 per 10K AE) than all other sports combined (3.8) and all other girls’ sports (2.7).” This information may come as a surprise to anyone who has been following cheerleading in the media, but not those who have been looking at actual data.
The results of this study support the results found in the two other published concussion studies that include cheerleading1,2, where cheerleading was tied with another sport for having the lowest concussion rate in the study.
Catastrophic Injuries Also Decline
This, combined with the dramatic 10-year decline in the number of catastrophic injuries in cheerleading3, should show that cheerleading is not the high risk activity that has been portrayed in recent years. Yes, there is risk involved in cheerleading, just as there is in basketball, softball, football, gymnastics, soccer, and any other sport available today. However, that risk is no greater on average than the other sports listed.
Additional Data Can Continue Advancements […]