In cheerleading, do the rewards truly outweigh the risks? That was the question CBS 58 asked as it investigated the injuries -- and particularly, concussions -- associated with sideline and competitive cheerleading at the high school level. What initiated the sudden interest in cheerleading injuries? New research has determined that 65% of serious injuries to female athletes are from cheerleading. Additionally, cheerleaders' visits to the hospital have significantly jumped from 4,900 in 1980 to more than 26,000 in 2000. And as dangerous as high school cheerleading can be, injuries increase at the college level, even with more males as bases.

Michele McCormack, a reporter from CBS 58, headed to a recent cheerleading competition to find out the reality of the injuries directly from the source: cheerleaders. Besides talking to many cheerleaders and parents about their hard work and injury risks (especially concussions), an interesting point made was that making cheer a sport could actually do more harm than good. It's like that, if designated as a sport, practice time would likely be reduced, which could cause more injuries during performances and at competitions.

Watch the video below to see her reporting in action:

Cheerleaders: do you think the rewards are worth the risks? Have you ever been seriously injured or had a concussion? What are your thoughts on cheerleading as a sport? Comment below and share your opinions.
News Source: CBS 58