Yglesias

Dying to Cheer

CREDIT:

Bill Pennington of The New York Times brings us the word that cheerleaders suffer far more injuries than do female athletes in any other sport. “They make you sign a medical release when you join a cheerleading team,” one Jessica Smith told Pennington, “They ought to tell the girls that they are signing a death waiver.” This seems like a somewhat perverse consequence of the effort to turn cheerleading into a “real” sport, incorporating less simple chanting and more athleticism. It turns out that what was created was a really dangerous sport that still has the fluffy image of the cheering of yore.