If I asked you what is considered a dangerous sport, you’d think of skydiving, racecar driving, fencing, or rock climbing. There’s one thing you probably wouldn’t think of — cheerleading.
But new research reveals that the most dangerous sport amongst women in America is actually cheerleading! According to a study by the Journal of Pediatrics, 66% of catastrophic sports injuries — meaning a permanent disability or medical condition — among school children happens in cheerleading. At college level, the statistics are even higher at 70%! Who knew pom-poms were so dangerous?
The worst injuries are suffered by those who are catching the cheerleaders, rather than the cheerleaders who are being thrown around. Being from the UK, we don’t have cheerleaders at school (sadly we don’t have prom, yearbooks, bleachers, or the homecoming dance either), but I always got the impression from American films that cheerleaders were the best looking, most popular girls and boys in high school. What I didn’t realize is how brave they were, too!
So which celebs twirled and jumped and were hurled in the air? See the slideshow below … some will be a surprise!
Photo credits: Pacific Coast News