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The Cheerleader

  • Date Submitted: 12/29/2012 10:24 AM
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Just because you have the cheerleader stereotype embedded in your head, those of just us little girls jumping around, stunting, tumbling, and looking pretty it does not mean that is what we cheerleaders are capable of and can do. There is strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, and stamina involved. There are many different aspects of cheerleading. They must be able to perform for 4 full quarters, regardless of whether offense or defense is playing.   Ask that of a football player, and he most definitely will whine.   It’s about time that people wise up and realize that cheerleaders and cheerleading are and is a sport.   Cheerleading takes dedication, sweat, and tears just like any other sport would require.   They are tired of being judged for doing something that they love.   What many people do not realize is that cheerleading comes with responsibilities.   You are representing your school/team whenever you tell someone you are a cheerleader, or wear a piece of clothing that says you cheer.   You have to act appropriately, and in many schools you may have to make the grades to be on the team.
Cheerleaders are not those preppy little girls anymore.   They are a whole other type of athletes. They go to tiring competitions to compete for titles such as State, or National Champion.   These “competitions” are no walk in the park. They can be up to 4 days long, and last all morning and evening.   You usually only get two minutes and thirty seconds to perform your routine, which to cheerleaders that time seems like the longest time ever. Apparently, cheerleading is not at all what people say it is.
For high school girls, and college women, cheerleading is far more dangerous than any other sport. High school cheerleading accounted for 65.1 percent of all catastrophic sports injuries among high school females over the past 25 years.   A new report that was just released found that between 1997 and 2011, there were 103 fatal injuries recorded among female athletes,...

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