Recognizing cheerleading as an official sport -- only about half of state high school athletic associations currently do -- would afford participants with additional protections such as access to athletic trainers and medical staff, quality training facilities and coaches, preseason strength and conditioning programs, and mandated preseason physicals.
Cheerleading accounted for 65.2 percent of high school and 70.5 percent of college catastrophic injuries among all female sports during 2007-2008. It's about time the participants were protected, no?
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