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Cheerleading Safety Information:

Safety First! is the latest 
of a number of safety initiatives that Cheerleading's governing bodies have 
implemented in past years. The results show, among other things, that cheer's 
total catastrophic injuries were cut in half from 2005 to 2006*, and that 
cheerleading's injuries per 100,000 participants is only 2.0, significantly less 
than the figures for popular women's sports such as Gymnastics.

Below are some tips compiled by the National Athletic 
Trainers’ Association that help reduce cheerleader injuries at all 

  1. Proper Conditioning:  Physically prepare and maintain your body’s 
    strength, flexibility, and stamina for stunting and tumbling.   Strengthen your 
    core muscles (abdominal and lower back muscles) along with the upper and lower 
    body and include aerobic (running, jogging, cycling, swimming) and anaerobic 
    (wind sprints, circuit training) activities.
  2. Exercise Reminders:  Warm up, stretch and cool down for every 
    practice or competition and be sure to rest.
  3. Proper Equipment:  Practice on mats or padded flooring until your 
    routines are perfected.  Make sure the mats are adequately sized and sufficient 
    for the activities you’re performing. 
  4. Spotting:  Have trained spotters present and engaged at all times.
  5. Knowledgeable Coaches:  Make sure your coaches are certified in safety, first aid, CPR and AED use.

  6. No Horseplay:  Focus at all times during stunting and tumbling activities.

  7. Communication:  Request that your coaches review safety precautions, 
    rules and regulations with the squad on a regular basis, and that they establish 
    and implement an emergency action plan. 
  8. Read Safety Guidelines:  Ask your coaches to be familiar with the 
    latest AACCA safety guidelines; the safety advice in the National Federation of 
    State High School Associations’ “Spirit Rules Book”; and the rules and 
    regulations pertaining to your particular school.

  9. Know Your Limits:  Be aware of your ability level and do not attempt 
    advanced level gymnastic or stunting skills before mastering less advanced 
    skills.  Always have a supervisor present.

  10. Treatment of Injuries:  Promptly attend to any injuries you sustain.  
    Your school or organization’s athletic trainer can assist in the proper 
    treatment and prevention of such injuries.  He or she can also offer an injury 
    prevention education seminar and assist in creating the conditioning routine.

Pop Warner Rule Change on Concussions:

2010 Pop Warner Safety Rule Change: Pop 
Warner Little Scholars Inc. 2010 In Season Safety Rule Amendment Re: 

Injury Prevention & Control: Concussions:

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, 
caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain 
normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body 
that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a 
“mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even 
so, their effects can be serious.

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East Georgia Youth Athletic Association

Andrea Smock, League President
Grovetown, Georgia 30813

Email : [email protected]
Phone : 706-829-2369
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