Cheerleading Injuries

July 7, 2014

Cheerleading injuries are on the rise. For this reason, it is important that administrators, parents, coaches, and medical personnel recognize that cheerleaders must received appropriate medical attention just like any other athlete.

Shields and Smith noted that from 1990-2003 cheerleading saw an increase in participation from 3.04 million to 3.58 million while also seeing a 110% increase in injuries. Cheerleaders suffer many different injuries including sprains and strains, but can also suffer broken bones and even more serious injuries. Approximately 65% of catastrophic injuries in female high school athletics have been attributed to cheerleading. Why is that? Read the rest of this entry »


Athletic Trainers are skilled healthcare providers who are often able to determine severity of injury. They can determine the need for emergent or urgent care or if an injury can wait. Parents should be asking if their son or daughter’s school has a Certified Athletic Trainer. If not, the question should be: Why not? #AT4ALL

The continued attack on football with regards to concussions is once again taking shape in our nation’s legislative bodies. In recent weeks, there have been a few states who have had bills introduced that would limit contact in football practices at the high school. Illinois and Texas are two states who have proposed such laws. Read the rest of this entry »


February 1, 2013

This morning the Illinois High School Association will host its preliminary round of the state championship in competitive cheerleading. The Bulldogs’ cheerleaders took off yesterday afternoon for Bloomington to compete for the first time! These girls have worked long and hard to get here this weekend. By now the girls are up and moving at the competition site. I want to wish them the best of luck! (And be safe!!!) 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

In my latest attempt at some humor, and a chance to educate, I bring you my newest series.. This series “Hips: One Four Letter Word You Must Use” will take you through my thoughts over the last several months on the importance of the hips in exercise, fitness, rehabilitation, and sports enhancement. It truly is a topic that I have grasped full-on and really believe that if our hips are weak, we WILL get injured. And most often it is not our hips that get injured in this process! Please join me in this journey as we will explore the hip complex and its importance to the rest of our body!

I have actually posted my first installment of this new series. You can find it here: Anterior Knee Pain in the Female Athlete.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be adding more thoughts, links, and general information about the hips. Putting it simply, I think we MUST train our hips on a daily basis!

The Hidden Injury: A Concussion Series


For more information about this series, go here!

Cheerleading Injuries

February 9, 2012

This weekend teams from across the state of Illinois will be competing at the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association’s state championships. The girls from Freeburg Community High School will be competing and I want to wish them the best of luck! Be safe out there and Let’s Go Midgets!

Many sports are known for their injuries and I think if you were to ask most people they would tell you that football is obviously the most injured sport. Soccer is a girls’ sport that has a high incidence of injury and I would also include gymnastics as well. One sport that many do not consider (incorrectly) is cheerleading. Read the rest of this entry »

This blog post was initially posted over at TheConcussionBlog. It has been a popular topic over there so I want to help spread the word on this topic…


When most people think about concussions they only allow one sport to enter their mind: football.  As we have documented numerous times before, football is just one of the many athletic activities that put athletes at risk for sustaining a concussion. Much of the general public thinks that the male athletes are the only ones suffering concussions, though that is not the case whatsoever; females are just as susceptible.  According to Dr. Comstock, of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, girls suffer concussions at a higher rate than males. Read the rest of this entry »

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