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Is Cheerleading a Sport? Doctors Will Decide

AMA vote could help reduce cheer-related injuries

(Newser) - There are teams, uniforms, competitions, physical exertion, and plenty of injuries. But is cheerleading a sport? The NCAA says no. The American Academy of Pediatrics says yes. And now the American Medical Association will decide for itself, with a vote at its annual House of Delegates meeting this weekend, NPR...

10 Famous Guy Cheerleaders
 10 Famous Guy Cheerleaders 

10 Famous Guy Cheerleaders

Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is among them

(Newser) - Cheerleading may be predominantly made up of females now, but it started as a male sport, and the Huffington Post found 10 male college cheerleaders who went on to quite a bit of prominence in Hollywood and DC:
  • Jimmy Stewart: He cheered at Princeton University as a junior and senior.

Judge: Cheerleading Is Not a Sport

School can't count it under Title IX

(Newser) - Competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements, a federal judge ruled today in ordering a Connecticut school to keep its women's volleyball team. Volleyball players sued Quinnipiac University after it announced in 2009 it would eliminate the team for budgetary reasons and...

Daredevil Stunts Crippling Cheerleaders

Serious injuries skyrocket as performers take to the air

(Newser) - American high school and college cheerleaders are losing teeth, breaking backs and becoming paralyzed in increasingly dangerous stunts that agonized parents and experts say should be stopped. "I didn't know that they were throwing her up in the air.  Why would the school allow that?" asked one stunned...

Critics Boo as Schools Nix Athletic Cheerleading

UConn accused of sexism for cutting gymnastic routines

(Newser) - Ditch all those nasty gymnastics routines, girls, and look cute again! That's what some observers heard when the University of Connecticut ended gymnastic and tumbling skills in its cheerleaders' routines last week, Sarah Ball writes in Newsweek. "Even if school officials weren't solely motivated by wanting to see less...

HS Benches Racy Dance Team
 HS Benches Racy Dance Team 

HS Benches Racy Dance Team

(Newser) - A Georgia high school dance team has been barred from practicing or performing this year after a provocative routine drew parents' ire, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The girls wore skimpy outfits while dancing atop chairs during halftime at a school basketball game. “The team will not perform for the...

Give Me an O! U! C! H!
Give Me an
O! U! C! H!

Give Me an O! U! C! H!

Cheerleading proves more dangerous than all other girls' sports combined

(Newser) - Cheerleading accounts for more catastrophic injuries than every other girls’ sport combined, LiveScience reports. Of the 103 fatal, debilitating, or serious injuries female high school athletes incurred between 1982 and 2007, 67 occurred while cheerleading. Participants in the next-most-dangerous activity, gymnastics, sustained just nine such injuries. The proportions for college...

Cheerleading's Brave New World Raises Safety Worries

Injuries on the rise; recent death highlights concerns

(Newser) - As cheerleading has become a spectacle of acrobatic feats with its own events, injuries—some of them deadly—have been on the rise, ABC News reports. In the latest example, a 20-year-old woman died after being accidentally kicked in the chest during a Massachusetts competition last weekend. She suffered damage...

Video-Beating Teens Could Face Life
Video-Beating Teens Could Face Life

Video-Beating Teens Could Face Life

They'll be tried as adults on kidnapping, battery charges

(Newser) - The eight Florida teens who videotaped a half-hour beating of a classmate will be tried as adults and could face life behind bars if convicted, CNN reports. The suspects face felony kidnapping charges, and three also face witness tampering raps. They seemed remorseless, a sheriff said. “They were joking:...

Teenager's Beating Raises Cyberbully Fears

Bizarre confrontation triggered by MySpace trash-talking

(Newser) - Parents and educators are still puzzling over how a dispute among girls got so out of hand that it ended with six Florida cheerleaders giving a high school classmate a concussion in a vicious beating. Teen bullying is nothing new but the fact that the feud started on MySpace and...

Teens Tape Beating for Web
 Teens Tape Beating for Web 

Teens Tape Beating for Web

Police say girls ambushed their rival to post it on YouTube

(Newser) - Six girls aged 14 to 17 lured another teen to a home, beat her and videotaped the ambush to put it on the Internet, Florida police say. The 16-year-old victim is recovering from a concussion and hasn't fully regained her vision. Her assailants, with whom she'd been feuding online, may...

Marlins Call Up Big-Time Cheerleaders

Manatees will add weight, if not rhythm, to home games

(Newser) - Weighing in between 225 and 435 pounds, the Florida Marlins' new cheerleaders may take up space better than they dance. But on opening day, the Marlins will introduce fans to the Manatees, baseball’s first all-male, all-plus-sized cheerleading squad, the Los Angeles Times reports. “There are more people who...

Fla. Marlins Call For Big-Bellied Cheerleaders

Because baseball needs more plus-size guys jumping around

(Newser) - The Florida Marlins are currently holding tryouts for new male cheerleaders—the chubbier, the better. Though the Marlins already have lean pompom girls rooting on the sidelines, the AP reports, they're looking to create a rotund 10-man squad called the Manatees to boost record-low attendance at home games. But these...

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