Ohio residents may have seen that cheerleading has evolved into an athletic endeavor of its own. In fact, cheerleading teams may spend more time practicing than the football or basketball teams that they cheer for. As competitive cheerleading becomes more popular, the risk of injury from participating in the activity increases. According to research, it accounts for more than half of all serious injuries suffered by female athletes.
These can include spinal injuries, brain traumas and concussions that at times can lead to paralysis or death. One of the reasons why cheerleading is such a dangerous sport is the fact that as many as four people need to act as a coordinated unit. If one person makes a mistake, it could lead to a serious injury for another team member who may be thrown as high as 8 feet in the air.
One of the leading causes of mistakes is cheerleader fatigue. In a competitive setting, team members may have to perform for up to two and a half minutes at a time, which can exact a physical toll on a cheerleader's body. Practice can also be dangerous for a cheerleader as there is a higher rate of concussions among those who may be learning new stunts or other skills for the first time.
A serious head injury can result in lasting symptoms and a reduced quality of life for the injured victim. If it can be determined that the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, a personal injury attorney can assist the victim in pursuing compensation for the damages that have been sustained.