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Both said it should be considered a sport but they also think it’s already pretty safe.
“They’re kind of making it too safe, taking out skills that are very exciting to do,” Kori said. That includes a double flip stunt no longer allowed on her team.
Some schools and state high school sports associations already consider cheerleading a sport and require the kind of safety oversight that the academy is recommending. But many do not, said Jim Lord, executive director of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators. Some don’t consider it a sport because not all cheerleading squads are involved in their own competitions, he said.
Lord said the academy’s policy mirrors many of his group’s safety recommendations for high schools and colleges.
That includes limiting the height of human pyramids in high school cheerleading to just two people. The academy also says routines that include pyramids, tumbling or tosses should not be performed on hard surfaces.
Lisa Kluchorosky, a sports medicine specialist who works with the academy and the National Athletic Trainers Association, said the new policy will help erase misconceptions that cheerleading is not very athletic.
“The statistics are compelling and you can’t turn your head from that,” she said.
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