Cheerleading Accidents Are the Most Common Cause of Female Sports Injuries
Concussions, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage suffered in contact sports like football have received media attention for years, but only recently have the press and public started to focus on the dangers associated with cheerleading accidents. While some may dispute whether cheerleading is a sport, there can be no debate that it is potentially dangerous. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, cheerleading accounts for 65 percent of all serious female sport-related injuries.
A report in the journal of Pediatrics regarding injuries suffered by those who participate in cheerleading is eye opening:
• Almost 23,000 people per year receive treatment in a hospital for cheerleading injuries
• Sixteen percent of these injuries are fractures and broken bones
• Four percent of these victims suffer concussions or other trauma to the brain
Cheerleading has historically been regarded as a fairly safe physical activity, but the difficulty and risk associated with new stunts push the envelope in terms of safety. Many safety experts indicate that the increasing trend of cheerleaders to perform high-risk gymnastics maneuvers accounts for the increasing number of cheerleading injuries. The most popular and exciting moves now performed by many cheerleading squads include throws, flips and twists.
Accidents while performing cheerleading stunts may be the result of inadequate training of squad members or poor supervision and instruction by cheer coordinators and coaches. Some types of negligence that may provide legal justification for a cheerleading accident lawsuit include:
• Improper or poorly maintained equipment
• Inadequate supervision or training
• Lack of proper post-accident medical treatment
• Defectively designed or manufactured equipment
Cheerleading incidents in the news that provide example of the dangers associated with cheerleading include:
• An Orlando Magic cheerleader fell to the floor after standing on another cheerleader's shoulders resulting in a broken rib and three broken vertebrae.
• A high school girl trying out for the cheerleading squad tried a flip without a trained spotter and fractured her neck and spinal cord.
• A cheerleader at a championship competition was kicked in the chest and experienced complications when air leaked into her lungs causing them to collapse.
These are just a few serious injuries that have been suffered in recent cheerleading accidents. Because cheerleading can be run as a sanctioned school activity, school affiliated club or independent activity run by private organizations, the requirements for pursuing a legal claim as well as the basis for liability can be complicated.
Our Georgia cheerleading accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.