USA Cheer Announces Creation of USA Cheer Safety Council
Partners with American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) to Conduct Research Study Aimed at Injury Prevention
Memphis, Tenn. USA Cheer, the national governing body (NGB) for all forms of cheerleading, today launched the USA Cheer Safety Council to raise the awareness of cheerleading safety and education, address misconceptions about injuries, and provide data to ensure proper training of athletes.
The USA Cheer Safety Council is made up of representatives from all segments and disciplines of cheer, including the medical community, spirit industry leaders, biomechanics experts, administrators, coaches, athletes and parents. The council met for the first time last month in Orlando with an agenda that included sharing recent research studies as well as creating groups charged with developing an epidemiology for cheer, a safety awareness campaign and a Cheer Safety Symposium in April 2011. The council’s agenda also included a review of the successful safety improvements made by groups such as the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA).
As part of this new safety initiative, USA Cheer is partnering with the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) to conduct a research study with a goal to proactively help continue to reduce the risks of injury in cheerleading by researching the biomechanics for common overuse injuries and epidemiology. By creating a baseline with elite athletes, researchers can identify the proper ways for the skills to be performed.
About USA Cheer
The USA Federation for Sport Cheering (http://www.usacheer.net) is a not-for profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer exists to serve the entire cheer community, including club cheering (All Star), traditional school based cheer programs and the new sport of “Stunt.” USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.
For more information, contact Sheila Noone at 901-251-5959 and visit http://www.usacheermedia.com/.
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