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One of the Most Dangerous Sports of All: Cheerleading

from The Newark Star-Ledger

Two years ago, as a junior at West Milford High School in Passaic County, Alexa McCormack suffered a concussion that knocked her unconscious and split her eardrum. It was one of three concussions she sustained during the last 18 months of her career as a cheerleader. McCormack's injuries are hardly unusual in cheerleading, which, according to a study released last year by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, accounts for 65.1 percent of all catastrophic sports injuries female athletes have incurred over the past 25 years. more


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