INHERENT RISKS OF CHEERLEADING
Cheerleading is a sport and with any sport there is risk of injury. Cheerleading is an anaerobic/aerobic activity that includes jumping, stunting, motions, and tumbling. All physicals and medical releases must be on file with the coaches before the student can participate in the sport, practices or games. Coaches should be informed of any injury or chronic conditions.
Although the probability of injury is minimized if you practice correctly, there is always the possibility of one occurring. Injuries that can occur in cheerleading include but are not limited to the following: blisters, muscle strains, ligament sprains, joint and muscle soreness, abrasions, contusions, stress fractures, broken bones, spinal cord injuries involving paralysis and even death. However, if you take certain precautions, the possibility of such injuries may be largely decreased. Be sure to abide by the following:
1. Never stunt or tumble unless a coach is present. 2. Always practice in the presence of a qualified coach. 3. Always warm-up appropriately before cheering (practice and games) by jogging and stretching. 4. Do not attempt a stunt that you do not know how to perform safely and that has not been cleared by the coach. 5. Always use attentive spotters when stunting. 6. Always use mats or a grassy area when stunting during practice. 7. Always cheer in an area free from obstructions. 8. Do not stunt on uneven ground, wet surfaces, and concrete. Do not stunt in cold or rainy weather. 9.Never talk, laugh, or mess around when performing a stunt or learning a stunt. 10. Report injuries to the coach as soon as they occur. 11. Follow all trainer and doctor recommendations. 12. Lift weights and maintain proper conditioning to increase strength and guard against injuries. 13. Always wear shoes and clothing appropriate for cheerleading. 14. Never wear jewelry of any kind or chew gum when cheering including practices and games. 15. Always have your hair pulled back from your face and shoulders. 16. Eat nutritious meals and get plenty of rest. 17. Always ask for assistance or advice at any time. 18. Take all activities seriously.
I have read the preceding warning. I understand the assumption of risks inherent in cheerleading participation. I acknowledge that I am physically fit and voluntarily participating in the activity of cheerleading.