How To Prevent Cheer And Dancing Injuries


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Both cheerleaders and dancers will tell you they have to warm up just like any other athletes. That's that's why 50 Twin Falls High School students are doing what it takes to keep from getting hurt in their cheer and dance class.

Angie Naerebout, Head Coach for the Cheer and Dance class, says, "We spend a lot of time in the mornings during practice warming up, stretching everyone out, trying to make sure that everyone's on the same page with what they're supposed to be doing. A lot of injuries come down to maybe doing things wrong, so we're trying to teach them the correct way to do everything."

Naerebout says if somebody does get hurt, it's important to keep them still, and figure out what the injury is. That consists of finding out where it hurts, and having a medical person take a look at the person who's injured.

Cheer and Dance Student Brooklyn Wood says, "I've been hurt myself. One of the things I like to do is just walk away because I don't like people coming near me. But sometimes you can't get yourself to walk away, so you have to lay down and stretch out."

Wood says it's important not to crowd around the injured person to make sure they can breathe. Naerebout The teacher says sometimes cheer leading injuries are caused by students trying to do things that are too hard for their present skill level.

She says while some coaches might tell their kids to compete when they're injured, that's not the case with her students. Naerebout says if a student is in pain, she doesn't want them to perform. So she sends them to get a doctor's opinion, and then they do whatever the doctor says.

Naerebout says, "As a mother especially, I don't want someone getting hurt and staying injured or getting injured more, so that to me is a big concern."

Nov. 1, 2012.

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