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experts have looked into it and given a lot of statistics & facts  on why it is a sport

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Girls' Most Dangerous Sport: Cheerleading

Girls' Most Dangerous Sport: Cheerleading | prove that competitive cheer is a sport | Scoop.it
For high school girls and college women, cheerleading is far more dangerous than any other sport.
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this one is credible because of expert's opinions & statistics

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Mary Ellicker's comment, March 27, 2013 9:16 AM
The above is the statistics provided by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 27, 2013 9:20 AM
in the past 25 years, the rate went from 59.4% to 65.1
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Strains/sprains: 52.4 percent
Soft tissue injuries: 18.4 percent
Fractures/dislocations: 16.4 percent
Lacerations/avulsions: 3.8 percent
Concussions/closed head injuries: 3.5 percent
Other: 5.5 percent
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competitive cheer

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this is credible because professionals are giving their insight

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teenink.com

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this site has info from the national cheerleading association, which makes them completely credible

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Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 2:03 PM
the tumbling looks simpley beautiful but to get it that way we get injuries from working so hard.
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 2:05 PM
its not just about competing either, its about growing up with your team and the gym ends up being your second home.
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 2:05 PM
the gym is a place to get away from all your troubles outside of cheerleading.
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Competitive Cheerleading

Competitive Cheerleading | prove that competitive cheer is a sport | Scoop.it
Since its founding in 1974 by Jeff Webb, Varsity has been the driving force in making cheerleading the dynamic, athletic, high profile activity it is today.
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this site is helpful for my research because it explains what goes into cheerleading and it gives fatcs and statistics

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Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 12:57 PM
"It’s important to have assigned practices specifically to competition. Time management is key; knowing when your squad is practicing for what will help you plan the best use of your practice time. When you are practicing for competition it is important to mentally prepare for competition. This means practicing as if you were performing. If you have the chance to perform your routine at local events or half-time shows, take advantage of the opportunity to put your squad in front of a crowd. For safety, always be sure you bring mats or check for approved surfaces. As the day of your competition gets closer, consider doing a “run through” of the competition, starting with a mock warm up time all the way through to performance time. By the time you arrive at the competition, your team should be as prepared as they can be"
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there is insight from experts on this site so everything is a hundred percent true

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Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:51 PM
regular practice and good eating habits outside of cheer are as important as warm ups and cool downs.
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stretching is critical
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10 Tips for Cheerleader Safety
1.Make sure your athlete’s team has rehearsed their catastrophic emergency plan before going out on the field.
2.Obtain a pre-participation physical for your athlete to ensure they are healthy and prepared.
3.Look for a mature, qualified coach that knows proper technique, progressions and spotting.
4.Find a safe environment to practice and learn.
5.Have automatic external defibrillators available at all time in case of an emergency.
6.Report injuries to www.cheerinjuryreport.com for research purposes.
7.Make sure you are aware of head injuries and the signs of concussion.
8.Keep your athlete hydrated and make sure they know how they prevent heat illness.
9.Only allow your athlete to return to play after injury when released by a qualified health professional.
10.Check that the coach has had a background check.
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Competitive cheer, a real sport!

Competitive cheer, a real sport! | prove that competitive cheer is a sport | Scoop.it
A cheerleader’s purpose, for the past decade, has been to lead the crowd by cheering from the sidelines and is considered a “recreational sport” by most schools
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all of the facts might make people that don't see it as a sport change their opinions because of what experts have put into this

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Mary Ellicker's comment, March 20, 2013 9:42 AM
WSF was asked & their definition of a sport must meet the following information. it must be physical activity involving propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass. It must be competition with an opponent or opponents. It must be governed by rules which define time, space &the purpose of contests and conditions under which a winner is declared. The primary purpose must be a comparison of skills among athletes and participants.
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 27, 2013 9:25 AM
Competitive cheer is the complete opposite from the typical standing on the sideline, yelling & screaming cheerleading.
Mary Ellicker's comment, March 27, 2013 9:27 AM
we don't use pom poms, and our sport is starting to be televised as nationally held events.
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AACCA.org - Cheerleading as a Sport

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this has insight from the aacca, which has to be true. there is a lot of information on cheerleading

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Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:32 PM
"A recent position paper by the Women's Sports Foundation included the following elements as the most commonly agreed upon when defining a sport activity:

* A physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass.
* "Contesting" or competing against/with an opponent.
* Governed by the rules which explicitly define the time, space and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared.
* Acknowledged primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.

The paper further explains that "any physical activity in which relative performance can be judged or quantified can be developed into a competitive sport as long as (1) the physical activity includes the above defined elements and (2) the primary purpose is competition versus other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other athletics' activities."
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:36 PM
what we do challenges the limits of our bodies
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:37 PM
what we do consists of tumbling, stunts, jumps, a pyramid towards the end of the routine follwed by a dance
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Will Competitive Cheerleading Become the Next NCAA-Sanctioned Sport? | TIME.com

Will Competitive Cheerleading Become the Next NCAA-Sanctioned Sport? | TIME.com | prove that competitive cheer is a sport | Scoop.it
What do you get when you remove pompons, sidelines, megaphones and actual cheering from cheerleading? A new type of stunt and acrobatic hybrid that could become the next collegiate sport.
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this site explains what goes into the sport and has facts upon facts on what this sport is about

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Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:26 PM
we tumble like gymnasts yet balance gracefully
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:28 PM
we lift 90+ pound athletes into the air, throw them around and catch them, while trying to execute everything perfectly and making it graceful.
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:30 PM
the athleticism in competitive cheer outranks that required of football
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Facts About Competitive Cheerleading

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Facts About Competitive Cheerleading. Competitive cheerleading is a new sport. According to Varsity.com, the official website for competitive cheerleading, the first official cheerleading competition was in 1980.
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Mary Ellicker's comment, March 15, 2013 9:25 AM
It is a credible source because it has statistics & research that was done on cheerleading.
Mary Ellicker's comment, April 1, 2013 1:03 PM
training for this sport is just as intense & tough ass it is for any other sport. some teams train most if not all days of the week