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Is cheerleading a sport?

NATALEE TREVINO

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Cheerleading has more reported injuries than any other sport, including football.  Also cheerleading is considered to be one of the hardest sports. Cheerleading has been around since 1898. Cheerleading is most know for a group of students supporting their teams and while they do this they wear skirts and a bow. But there is a lot more than just that going in to being a cheerleader. They have to practice to perfect there cheers and also need to work on things like flexibility,jumps,stunts and choreography. The question most people ask is cheerleading  a sport or is not. There is a lot of articles supporting people’s point of view. This topic is important because  people need to know if  cheerleading is not just fun and games but it is a intense and a difficult to do or if it is just an extra activity. Even though cheerleading may not compete against another component, cheerleading should be a sport because cheerleading has more injuries than any other sport, cheerleading meets most if not all athletic specifications, and cheerleading has practices like any other sport. Here are the details why cheerleading should be considered a sport.

To start with, cheerleading should be a sport because cheerleading has more reported injuries than any other sport. The article ODYSSEY supports the idea of cheerleading being a sport. The article examples to explain “cheerleading has more reported injuries than any other sport, not only is cheerleading considered to be one of the hardest sports but a recent study in the journal of pediatrics found that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport due to the high risk of severe injuries including concussions, broken bones, permanent disabilities and paralyzation” one key piece of information to support is that cheerleading is not only one of the most dangerous sports but one of the most hardest as well. This means that cheerleading should be a sport because it is more dangerous than any other sport for females such as basketball, showing cheerleading is not a softer, easier sport. In other words some basketball and other sport players might say cheerleading is not a sport but cheerleading has more injuries than there sport showing it may even be more rough than there sport. Another important idea from the article “The independent florida alligator” illustrates that “although most fans only see the injuries that occur to the football players on the field, it’s actually the cheerleaders on the sidelines who are at most risk” one powerful example is there is  a need to realize that cheerleading is more common  to have an injury than football but yet some people do not qualify it for a sport. This matters because cheerleading should be a sport because most people think football is the most common for injuries, but actually cheerleading is. These examples support the value of cheerleading being a sport.

Another reason cheerleading should be a sport is because cheerleading has practices like any other sport. The article titled “10 reasons why cheerleading is a sport” examines the idea of cheerleading being a sport because, cheerleading has practices like any other sport one important example to support is “the cheerleaders have to go through rigorous training and practice all the time to perfect their routines displayed at games” this means that cheerleading has practice like any other sport so they have to be dedicated to the team just like any other athlete. This matters because it shows another reason cheerleading should considered a sport because they have practice to perfect the routines displayed at games. Another important idea from the website varsity illustrates that “most cheerleading programs require several practices each week, during practice you should be ready to focus on jumps,stunts, tumbling, cheers and choreography” one powerful example is  There is a need to realize that cheerleading is a sport because they do not only have to focus on knowing the cheers but all of the other elements as well. This matters because it shows cheerleading is harder than it looks and you do not only need to remember cheers but have skills to. These examples confirm the need for cheerleading being considered a sport.

Third of all cheerleading should be a sport because it meets most if not all the athletic specifications. The article titled “varsity” addresses the idea of cheerleading being a sport. The article uses facts to support that cheerleading meets all the athletic specifications. One key piece of information to explain why cheerleading is a sport is “this is where the argument ends not because of any physical definition, as you can see cheerleading meets all the athletic specifications, but because cheerleadings primary purpose is to support high school and college athletic teams. Competition comes second, in other words cheerleading is more than a sport.” this means that it is rather obvious that cheerleading is a sport if it meets all of the athletic standards for a sport and might even be more challenging than most sports. This matters because it proves cheerleading is a sport if it meets all of the athletic specifications. Another important  idea from the article “sport report” illustrates that cheerleading is a sport by stating
“I am now on the club cheerleading here at JMU. i know how much works goes into making and perfecting a cheer routine. None of its easy, but the reward of winning first at a competition will never get old.” this means that cheerleading meets all the athletic specifications one being they have practice to perfect their routines and cheers and they compete against another component. This matters because it shows cheerleading has practice and competition just like any other sport they might even have to get up early in the morning before school to have practice and be away for the weekend for competitions . This information supports the value of cheerleading being a sport.

In conclusion cheerleading should be a sport because cheerleading has more injuries than any other sport, cheerleading has practices like any other sport and cheerleading meets all of the athletic specifications. Cheerleaders work just as hard as any other athlete.

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