Concussions and Cheerleading

by Terry Bryant

A recent movement against American football has developed because of scientific evidence linking concussions and resulting long-term medical issues to injuries sustained while playing the sport. Have you ever thought about the dangers of concussions in relation to other sports? How about football’s counterpart—cheerleading?

Much of the focus and news media have been on football. But cheerleaders may suffer a higher risk of sustaining concussions and suffering from related medical issues. Cheerleading poses a great risk for contact with tumbling and stunting.

At the Knight Commission forum on Intercollegiate Athletics held this month, many attendants reported that their campus sports programs experienced higher numbers of concussions in cheerleaders than contact sports, such as football, soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, and lacrosse.

Head injuries can be very serious. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or visual impairment, among others. In the event that you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an injury, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident and suffered a concussion or brain injury, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.