CheerSafe FAQ


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Is there a governing body for cheerleading?
USA Cheer represents all forms of cheerleading in the United States and advocates for all cheerleaders – school, college, and all star (non school, club cheerleading) – to receive the tools they need to succeed, including proper equipment, trained instructors and medical resources. [View All…]

By |November 9th, 2017|Newsroom

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Cheer Safety Fact Sheet


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By |November 8th, 2017|Newsroom

The Truth About Cheerleading Safety

*Originally Published in American Cheerleader Magazine*

by Jim Lord
Executive Director, AACCA

Cheer often gets a bad rap in the media when it comes to safety. This is due to several reasons that require a long conversation about sociology, expectations, data reporting, misunderstandings about how cheerleading works and unfortunately, the reality that headlines attract attention. In truth, the risk of injury in cheerleading is about the same as other sports, if not lower.

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By |October 13th, 2017|Newsroom, Safety

Cheerleading 5th Lowest Injury Rate of 22 High School Sports

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

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By |December 10th, 2015|Newsroom

The Right Response to Youth Concussions

The New York Times is featuring an excellent series on concussions. Part 2 ran this week and it’s worth a read.

“As the number of youngsters who participate in organized sports grows and reports of concussions rise, it’s vital for parents, athletes and coaches to know how these injuries are properly diagnosed and treated to avoid long-lasting consequences. While preventing an injury is always best, limited progress has been made in keeping youngsters free of concussions in sports with a high risk of head injuries.”

Read the rest:

Last week’s installment can be found here:

By |September 1st, 2015|Newsroom, Safety, Uncategorized

CDC Releases New Concussion Safety App

The CDC Heads Up initiative has released a new concussion safety app, available for download. Designed for parents and coaches, the HEADS UP Concussion and Helmet Safety app provides instant access to concussion safety info—when and where you need it—so you can:

  • Spot a possible concussion.
  • Respond if you think an athlete has a concussion or other serious brain injury.
  • Help an athlete return to school and play safely.

Featuring: A new 3D helmet fit feature that teaches about proper helmet fit, safety and care.

For more information, visit: CDC Heads Up New Concussion Safety App

By |July 13th, 2015|Newsroom

National Cheerleading Safety Month Resolution Introduced in the House Of Representatives   

Leaders in cheerleading safety recognized in Congressional resolution to recognize March as National Cheerleading Safety Month.

Memphis, Tenn., March 31, 2015 – On March 26, Representative Marc Veasey of Texas introduced HR Resolution 175, supporting the designation of March as National Cheerleading Safety Month. USA Cheer, along with several partner organizations, was cited in the resolution for its accomplishments in efforts to reduce cheerleading injuries. 

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By |April 1st, 2015|Newsroom, Safety

“Safety Selfie” Campaign for National Cheerleading Safety Month LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE ‘safety selfie’ CAMPAIGN FOR NATIONAL CHEERLEADING SAFETY MONTH, the source for cheerleading safety resources, engages athletes nationwide with the #iCheerSafe campaign.

Memphis, Tenn., March 6, 2014 –, the portal for news and information on cheerleading safety supported by USA Cheer and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, is debuting the #iCheerSafe campaign for National Cheerleading Safety Month for March 2014. Read more…

By |March 7th, 2014|Newsroom

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!

By |February 28th, 2013|Newsroom, Safety

Increased Focus Helps Avoid Injury

Cheerleading, like all sports, comes with risk. We’ve all heard the phrase that “injuries are part of sports”.  That isn’t a reason to turn a blind eye to prevention and just accept that any injury is part of the game.  As coaches, as parents and as athletes we all must refocus our energies on preventing injuries. With this focus in your program, you lower the risk of injury and increase the chance that when there is an injury it can be attributed to an unpreventable accident instead of something that never had to occur.

According to the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, 60% of injuries most commonly result from a stunt.  It stands to reason that a focus on reducing the number of falls from stunts can result in a lower injury rate in cheerleading.

Falls happen. They happen when learning new stunts and they happen even after stunts are mastered. Again this is true of all sports. Who hasn’t seen an Olympic gymnast fall on the beam, resulting in a landing on the neck or head on the beam or simply having to step off after losing their balance on a turn. This is a skill she has been working on since she was probably 4 or younger.

But falls, no matter how small, open the window for an injury. Even when caught properly by spotters and bases, there is still a risk of injury. After all, the focus of the spotters and bases during a fall is to protect the head, neck and shoulder area of the top person. Landing on someone’s foot can still twist, sprain or even break an ankle depending on the force and angle of the landing. […]

By |February 9th, 2013|Newsroom