The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released its 26th annual report on sport injuries and has found the most dangerous sport to be . . . cheerleading. That’s right, cheerleading.
This is not a surprise to lawyers given the steady number of torts cases out of this sport as moves (particularly high throws) have increased.
The researchers found 1,116 direct catastrophic injuries in high school (905) and college sports (211). High school sports were associated with 152 fatalities, 379 non-fatal injuries and 374 serious injuries.
The student found that between 1982 and 2007, there were 103 fatal, disabling or serious injuries recorded among female high school athletes, with the vast majority (67) occurring in cheerleading. This represents over seventy percent of injuries or deaths among female athletes.
What is interesting is that the sports most people would have guessed are not in the top three. Football and rugby are lower on the list. The second and third most dangerous sports are gymnastics (9 injuries) and track (7 injuries).
Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that cheerleading is a contact sport, here.
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