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

Recent Cheerleading Safety Studies Show Cheer Injury Rates Low, Major Injuries Drastically Reduced

A review of available data shows that not only are cheerleading injury rates much lower than have been reported in the media, catastrophic injuries are on a steep decline over the last 5 years.


Catastrophic Injuries Trending Downward

Cheerleading Catastrophic Injury Trends 2001-2011

Chart 1: Cheerleading Catastrophic Injury Trends 2001-2011

Recent media reports incorrectly have claimed that cheerleading makes up the majority of sports injuries in high school and college sports. That claim is false and clearly refuted by simply looking at the publicly available data.  It is clear that the sport with the highest number of catastrophic injuries by far is football.  In fact, the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research 2011 reports shows that over the past ten years, there have been 358 direct catastrophic injuries for football and 62 for cheer. Football also has a far higher number of direct deaths, with 39 compared to 1 for cheer over this 10 year period (data is spread over two reports, here and here).

More importantly, cheerleading catastrophic injuries have been on a sharp decline since additional safety rules and safety training were put into place in 2005-2006. That year there were 12 high school and college catastrophic injuries. In each successive year, the number of catastrophic injuries has dropped, with only 1 reported catastrophic injury in 2010-2011 (See Chart 1).

Catastrophic claims with the NCAA have also dropped significantly. According to the Mutual of Omaha, “the Cheer Safety Initiative began in 2006 and since this time there has only been one injury for which benefits are payable under the NCAA Catastrophic policy and the injury is not truly catastrophic in nature.” Prior to this initiative, 25% of catastrophic claims at […]

By |February 6th, 2013|Newsroom