Oct 21, 2013
Post By: Children's Health
In the United States, cheerleaders range in age from 6 through adulthood. However, no matter what the age or physical condition of the athlete, ligament, muscle and tissue injuries can occur during an awkward jump or stunt landing.
The most common injury in sports is a lateral ankle sprain. This injury occurs in cheerleading by rolling the ankle over the outside of the foot An ankle injury often occurs when landing from a jump or stunt, planting awkwardly during a tumbling routine or stepping on a teammate's foot when moving into position to form a base. A lateral ankle sprain causes damage to the ligaments just below the bone on the outside of the ankle. In some cases a "pop" is felt or heard by the athlete.
A common injury in cheerleading is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear, which occurs when the knee is twisted forcefully or hyperextended. This often happens when landing from a jump or planting awkwardly during a tumbling routine. Athletes with a damaged ACL often describe a "pop" at the time of injury, followed by a lot of swelling within a few hours.
Athletes should see their pediatrician or a pediatric sports medicine physician if pain and/or swelling persist after PRICE treatment. In addition:
Knee pain that comes on slowly over time can indicate other problems, such as:
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