Health & Safety Best Practices for Cheerleading & Dance Events
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assured the public that the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, the CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening.
USA Cheer is monitoring the recommendations of the CDC and will be communicating those via CheerSafe.org. USA Cheer has developed precautionary guidelines to ensure the safety of our athletes, coaches and spectators at each event.
Here are some preventative measures Event Producers can take:
- Increase schedule of sanitizing competition floors
- Provide additional antibacterial wash stations
- Increase restroom attendants during event hours to increase sanitization of restrooms
- Review proper procedures with all event staff and ensure they have access to personal protection equipment
Here are some preventative measures coaches and parents can take on behalf of their athletes:
- If a child has had flu symptoms (fever > 100° F, cough, sore throat, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea), they should not be attending events, and a parent should contact their healthcare provider.
- Encourage cheerleaders and dancers to wash their hands frequently throughout the day, and to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
- Whenever possible, cheerleaders and dancers should limit exposure to individuals who appear ill.
For more information on the Ebola virus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola
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