In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Green County cheerleaders want everyone to know what they know: that cheerleading is a sport.
One of their biggest reasons resonates with medical doctors across the country "“ competitive and school cheerleading
is dangerous because of its physical demands.
The coach, Julie Norton, and her cheerleaders of Cascia Hall in Tulsa explained to their local newspaper that they've witnessed the evolution of cheer. As it becomes more and more competitive, cheerleaders have faced more injuries, some even needing surgery.
Julie told News On 6, "there's no slow-down whatsoever...it's going to progress to a higher and higher level."
In recent years, doctors have been calling for more safety guidelines
for cheer to keep the athletes safe. Being declared a sport would greatly increase the chances for cheerleading squads to receive better training and equipment to help prevent injuries.
The cheer squad explains to News on 6 that there is no reason why cheer shouldn't be called a sport. One cheerleader, Haley Boone, commented, "You're in the gym all the time. You have so many injuries just as gymnastics, just like football or track. You practice just as much as them. You have to put in just as much time."
While the NCAA doesn't accept cheer as a sport
, the state of Oklahoma considers competitive cheer an athletic event. We're happy to see more and more squads speaking out on how dangerous and physically demanding cheer is.
Check out the video of the news coverage below:
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News source: News On 6