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Domestic Violence and Abuse

High School Monitoring Cheerleaders For Concussions


EDUCATION, BUS SAFETY AND KINDNESS AND IT CLOSES OUT NATIONAL SCHOOL SAFETY WEEK. KEEPING ALL ATHLETES SAFE, MANY SPORTS HAVE POLICIES TO PREVENT CONCUSSIONS. CHEERLEADING IS NO DIFFERENT. OUR BRITTANY JEFFERS LIVE SHARING THE STIR OF ONE SQUAD AND WHAT IT IS DOING DIFFERENTLY TO KEEP KIDS FROM GETTING HURT. Reporter: THIS ALL STARTS WITH MORE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS MONITORING THOSE CHEERLEADERS BOTH DURING PRACTICE AND WHILE THEY’RE ON THE FIELD. IT ALSO COMES DOWN TO STRICTER GUIDELINES OF WHERE THEY CAN BE ON DIFFERENT SURFACES. FOR INSTANCE, THEY CAN TUMBLE HERE ON THE TRACK, BUT NOT ON CONCRETE. CALCULATED MOVES AND TIMING. EVERY LIFT AND TUMBLE MUST BE PRECISE. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN CHEERLEADERS HAVE LOGGED EARLY MORNING. WE PRACTICE EIGHT TO 10 HOUR AS WEEK. Reporter: TO MAKE THIS TECHNICAL STUNT LOOK EASY, AND JUST LIKE OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS FOOTBALL, SOCCER AND RUGBY, CHEERLEADERS ARE AT RISK FOR CONCUSSIONS. THE WEAR AND TEAR ON THEIR BODIES WITH ALL OF THE TUMBLING AND STUNTING. Reporter: THE SPORTS PHYSICIAN MONITORS PLAYERS AND CHEERLEADERS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. HE SAYS CONCUSSIONS CAN HAVE EVER LASTING IMPACTS AND TOP THE LIST OF INJURIES SUSTAINED BY CHEERLEADERS. THAT’S WHY THE COACH IS OUT HERE WITH SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE. AND SIT BACK AND WATCH. Reporter: THEY ALIBIED BY STRICTLY REGULATED STUNTING RULES. THERE IS ALSO ADDITIONAL TRAINERS, SPOTTERS AND DOCTORS OHEN THE SIDELINES. JONES CHEERED IN COLLEGE. IT IS DEFINITELY A LOT DIFFERENT FROM WHERE WE WERE A LONG TIME AGO. WE DIDN’T HAVE DOCTOR TONS SIDELINES WITH US. Reporter: SHE SAYS THE AREA COACHES ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO KEEP CHEERLEADING SAFE AND FROM HER STANDPOINT IT HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE, BUT SHE DOES ACKNOWLEDGE INJURIES. WE HAVE LOTS OF ANKLE INJURIES, LOTS OF WRISTS. Reporter: FORTUNATELY CONCUSSIONS ON HER SQUAD HAVEN’T BEEN AN ISSUE SO FAR THIS YEAR. WE’RE PRETTY FORTUNATE. Reporter: THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CHEERLEADING DOES HAVE STRICT GUIDELINES FOR BOTH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE AS FAR AS WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR

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