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AMA officially designates cheerleading a sport

www.usatoday.com Published: June 10, 2014
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The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks, according to The Associated Press.


The nation's largest doctors' group adopted that as policy Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago. AMA members say cheerleading is as rigorous as many other activities that high schools and the NCAA consider sports. Adding it to the list would mean more safety measures for cheerleaders and proper training for their coaches.

Cheerleading is a leading cause of catastrophic injury in female athletes at the high school and college level, Samantha Rosman, a Boston-area pediatrician, told AMA delegates during floor debate before the vote.

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