Cheer & Dance

While cheer and dance are popular activities, they are not free of injury risk.

Cheerleading and dance injuries can be more severe than injuries sustained in sports and they can sideline a student for a season or more.

Cheer and dance routines exhibit some of the body’s more amazing abilities, including balance, timing, strength, and grace. Cheer and dance are fun activities with relatively low rates of injury, but they do happen. And unlike organized sports, cheer and dance programs may not have the medical staff to handle major injuries like concussions and ACL tears. This can make objective decisions on whether a student is ready to return to normal activity difficult.

Cheerleading and dance injuries can be more severe than injuries sustained in sports and they can sideline a student for a season or more. Like gymnastics, cheerleading stunts and dance moves like splits, aerials, tumbling passes, and other acrobatic work can put the body at considerable risk.

Most Common Injuries for Dance and Cheerleading

Concussions – Cheerleaders sometimes get concussed by falling during a stunt, but it is more likely for someone at the bottom of the pyramid to get kicked in the head. Concussions also can be caused by an activity as mild as being thrown and caught repeatedly.

Ligament sprains – ACL sprains and tears are as common in cheer and dance as they would be in organized sports. This is because there is so much jumping, landing, and pivoting in routines. Also, women are three to six times more likely to tear an ACL. Rolled ankles and soreness and stiffness in knees are other common injuries.

Muscle strains – When muscles move quickly and forcefully through twists, jumps, splits, and acrobatic moves, it can stress the tissue and lead to sprains and tears. This is common in the lower back, hip, and groin areas.

Bone fractures – Ankles and feet take lots of abuse in cheer and dance. Most fractures can heal in a few weeks, but some can turn into lingering injuries and weaknesses down the line. Landing and stomping repeatedly can lead to stress fractures and back issues.

Wrist and elbow injuries – Cheerleaders and dancers at times are supporting their entire weight on their arms and hands, and this can lead to overstressed joints like wrists and elbows.

Avoid Injury and Remain at the Top of Your Game

A G.A.M.E assessment can prevent injuries before they occur so you can sustain optimal performances.

Prevention Starts With a Comprehensive Movement Assessment

Dancers and cheerleaders are prone to repetitive movements, just like any athlete. One of the best ways to protect them from injuries is through a G.A.M.E. assessment from EliteX 360. We use state-of-the-art 3D Kinetisense motion capture and infrared assessment systems to get a complete picture of how your athletes move and how their bodies respond to fatigue and stress. Our mobile platform can efficiently screen an entire cheerleading squad or dance team within a couple of hours, anywhere. We follow the same program for every member, so everyone has access to a personalized injury risk movement approach all at once.

An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward protecting young athletes who take part in any sport or activity. Plus, our program is easy, comprehensive, and affordable. Call us today for more information about how we can help you reduce injuries and keep your athletes performing at the highest level.

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