BC: By: Sarah Calhoun
FC: Cheerleading is a Sport
1: Cheerleading follows all the definitions in a dictionary and yet it is still not considered a sport. Growing up in the world today you are bound to get judged without someone knowing who you really are. As a cheerleader you face this discrimination everyday and are put into a stereotype whether you like it or not. Despite what society thinks, cheerleading is a sport because it is one of the oldest activities around, it is also the most dangerous sport and it follows the same requirements as other sports.!
2: The history of cheerleading originates from the United States in the late 1880's with the average crowd yelling and chanting to encourage their team (history). Cheerleading started out as an all male sport, it was said that their deep loud voices were more projecting than a woman's voice. It wasn't until the 1920's that women became much more involved in cheerleading and began to incorporate gymnastics, pyramids and stunts (cheerleading). Women started participating due to limited availability of female collegiate sports. 8
4: Cheerleading is one of the most dangerous "sports" around!
5: For decades, cheerleaders stood by safe and smiling, but today cheerleaders may be in more danger than any other sport! 78% of cheerleaders suffered at least one injury during their career (Geier). The American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that 43.7% of injuries caused the cheerleader to miss at least a week of practice and 28.3% required a emergency room visit. The number of injuries treated in cheerleading rose from 10,900 to 22,900 in 2002. Cheerleaders suffered more than half of the catastrophic injuries that occured among all female athletes. The most commonly injured areas involve the ankle(44.9%), wrist/hand(19.3%), and the knee(11.9%) (Geier). Cheerleaders compete with broken thumbs and twisted ankkles, while still flashing smiles while in pain (Torgovnick). So how do people see cheerleading as just "something simple?"
6: For an activity to be considered a sport, it must involve competition. In competitive cheerleading, squads compete against each other and are evaluated with certain rules (reasons). In order to maintain qualities of a cheerleader such as strength, balance, and timing, all cheerleaders must train as hard as any other athlethe.
7: Cheerleaders spend upwards of 20 hours a week practicing, and that's not including weight room visits and general conditioning (Torgovnick). As a cheerleader you stretch, jump, tumble, and you keep the body healthy; much like other sports (Jeffries).
8: Why would someone say cheerleading isn't a sport?
9: There are many arguments made regarding whether or not cheerleading is a sport. It was the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders who gained spotlight with their revealing outfits and this caused the image of cheerleaders to permanently change (cheerleading). People say cheerleading isnt a spot because nobody would wear that much makeup while competing in a real sport (top). Cheerleaders actually wear makeup so the judges can notice them on stage! Many would say that cheerleading is not a sport because it does not involve a defined strategy (Delp). The strategy of the sport is to win competitions!
10: Cheerleading will hopefully become as well-known a sport as football and basketball. Cheerleading will eventually appear in the olympics! Since cheerleaders are just as athletic as people involved in more accepted sports!
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