Of course there is a National Cheerleading Week and it is the first week in March. Founded in 2005 with ‘The goal is to build a more positive image of cheerleading by engaging in group activities, community service and fundraising projects.‘ There is even a website www.nationalcheerleadingweek.com
While is doesn’t seem to be that many eye injuries in cheer-leading, there are plenty of sprained limbs and concussions. There have even been some paralysis. It is quite a dangerous and competitive sport.
- There are over 3 Million Cheerleaders in the United States
- 60% of sports injuries are from a stunt
- 97% of todays Cheerleaders are female.
- Cheerleading began in 1880 at Princeton University
- Over 50% of serious injuries that occur in female athletes are due to the sport of cheerleading.
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that cheerleading led to 16,000 emergency room visits in 2002 – Source