Is Cheerleading A Sport? AMA Says 'Yes'

Wednesday, June 11th 2014, 9:13 am
By: News 9

There's long been debate over if cheerleading should be considered a sport. Now a major group is stepping forward saying "yes."

The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its demand and risk.

AMA members say cheerleading is as rigorous as many other activities that high schools and the NCAA consider sports.

A pediatrician says cheerleading is the leading cause of injury in female athletes in high school and college level. The doctor says these girls are flipping 20 to 30 feet in the air; you can imagine how that feels if you're dropped.

Adding it to the list would mean more safety measures for cheerleaders and proper training for their coaches. The policy echoes one adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics two years ago.