Safety levels in British cheerleading are almost five times improved since 2002, despite a five-fold increase in participation, an independent sports paramedics report confirms.
The report summarises injuries treated at cheerleading events across Britain from 2002 to 2007, and details the substantial reduction in injuries at competitions as a direct result of safety education and effective ‘safety aware’ training programmes.
In 2007 there were at total of 25 treatable incidents of all kinds, compared with 112 in 2002.
This should be taken in context with the huge increase of entrants at competitions over the same period, rising from 2,468 to 12,418, and more competitions being held. The majority of A&E referrals were precautionary.
This equates to a reduction from 4.54% of entrants during 2002 to just 0.02% in 2007. Most of which were minor, such as bumps and sprains. With much larger attendances at events last year there were 3 spectator injuries requiring hospital treatment, more than performers.
With the help and guidance of the paramedics, safety education through BCA training clinics and publications, injury prevention presentations at our coaches conference, plus the highly effective role of NCSSE coaches qualifications, significant influence has been made in greatly reducing preventable injuries in the sport. 3,102 NCSSE coaches safety education courses have been sat, hosted by the BCA.
For further information contact Graham Durant on 0116 212 0951
Notes to Editors:
· For further information on 2002-2007 data see www.cheerleading.org.uk/press/injuries.htm
· For further information about the BCA see www.cheerleading.org.uk
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