According to this article by msnbc.com’s Melissa Dahl, “Cheerleading — not basketball, not softball, not even field hockey or ice hockey — is by far the most dangerous sport for girls . Cheer accounts for 65 percent of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics.” Be sure to also watch the video below by msnbc.com's Carissa Ray about a young cheerleader who broke her neck and is now a quadriplegic.
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Male cheerleaders from Bowling Green toss their female counterparts into the air as their team took on Western Michigan in an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 10.
In case you're wondering, the tattoo on the arm of the guy in the middle reads: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” —1 Corinthians 16:13-14
With cheerleading stunts getting more daring, devastating injuries are increasing. Laura Jackson broke her neck while attempting a back tuck at cheer tryouts. She's now a quadriplegic, adjusting to a new life on the sidelines. Msnbc.com's Carissa Ray reports.