Cheerleaders commonly experience accidents while training and performing. Many of these injuries can be minimized and prevented with the proper care. First of all, cheerleaders should limit their stunts. When doing pyramids, cheerleaders are supposed to adhere to the guidelines of only having two body lengths in high school and 2.5 in college with the base cheerleader in contact with the surface where they are performing. There are other strict guidelines for basket tosses, mat use and other tips that help to prevent injuries.
When training, it’s also important for the cheerleaders to have a qualified coach and to have proper training before trying out any stunts. Certainly, when training, cheerleaders should use resistance exercises to gain strength, regular stretching, and only returning to play when clearance has been offered by a medical professional.
All of this should help cheerleaders to stay safe and to properly prepare for their performances.