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Were You Ever a Cheerleader?


Cheerleaders might stand on the sidelines, but that doesn't mean they get a timeout from injuries. A new study reveals that cheerleading causes the most serious sport injuries among high school and college athletes. Of course, these injuries aren't caused by overly-enthusiastic hand clapping — rather all that flipping, jumping, and running can result in sprained ankles and broken limbs.

So it seems that girls today can choose between being a jock, a cheerleader, or both. Did you show your school spirit back in the day?


Source: Flickr User El Caganer

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vanitypot vanitypot 6 years
yup! in high school.. i think i forced myself to be part of the cheer team since it was between these two: the dancing team or the cheerleading! since i couldn't really bust dancing moves (too much grinding and swaying O.O) so i was constantly cheerleading every Intramurals season, despite my dislike of the short skirts lol :D
gLam-shortie gLam-shortie 6 years
Yes yes yes! I was cheerleader all throughout high school and i LOOOOVED IT!!!Cheerleading is my hobby---it was my passion. Unfortunately, I tore my ACL and meniscus when I landed from a hyperextended double toe touch, and I was unable to cheer again from there... I got surgery, but even after 3 years later, I'm still having problems with it. Other than that, I was a flyer so I got dropped a few times and have gotten bruised tailbone, etc...I knocked a baser's arm socket out, and broken a baser's nose. oh good times.... if I could do it all over again, i totally would!!!
gLam-shortie gLam-shortie 6 years
Yes yes yes! I was cheerleader all throughout high school and i LOOOOVED IT!!! Cheerleading is my hobby---it was my passion. Unfortunately, I tore my ACL and meniscus when I landed from a hyperextended double toe touch, and I was unable to cheer again from there... I got surgery, but even after 3 years later, I'm still having problems with it. Other than that, I was a flyer so I got dropped a few times and have gotten bruised tailbone, etc...I knocked a baser's arm socket out, and broken a baser's nose. oh good times.... if I could do it all over again, i totally would!!!
f1barbie f1barbie 6 years
High school, I was a third and a base and had more than my fair share of black eyes and bruising! As well as developing tendonitis in both my wrists and ankles!!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Middle School, but I ended up getting injured within the first month, causing some problems, then my cheer coach decided that she would exclude 1 other girl and myself from the competitions (25 girls max, we had 27 on the squad). To this day, I still have back problems from being dropped on my back when flying. Stupid cheerleading.
luna08 luna08 6 years
Middle school, I was a flyer. But, in HS I lost interest, probably because of the lack of dance.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 6 years
I cheered for ten years, from elementary school to high school. It was fun!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
No, I was an athlete. I was on team sports.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
my current friends have trouble picturing me as that stereotypical type of cheerleader back in middle school. but those were some of the best years of my life. *sigh...to be young
zuke zuke 6 years
In second grade. It sucked. Cheerleading isn't a very big sport at my school. I play basketball, volleyball, and tennis.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
Went to an all girl school so we only had a pep squad and they sure didn't flip. They stepped. I went for tryouts my senior year and I had to days of practice left before tryouts when I was grounded and missed out.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
I tried out in high school but didn't make the squad, too many other girls there with more experience that had been cheering since they were little. Oh well, I ran track, was on yearbook staff and student council plus I danced and did gymnastics out of school so I was busy enough.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
I tried out in high school but didn't make the squad, too many other girls there with more experience that had been cheering since they were little.Oh well, I ran track, was on yearbook staff and student council plus I danced and did gymnastics out of school so I was busy enough.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
No, I'm too danger conscious to be a cheerleader. And I'm not that much into team sports to be honest.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
Nope. Soccer and basketball player.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
I was a cheerleader for 8 years, and coached for 3. I was not a cheerleader for my HS, because I did pop warner and got hurt doing it (injured my ACL, but in such a way as to make surgery not an option), so I was never able to tumble again.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
Wow, that's pretty even. I was not, it's very dangerous and I never had any desire to be one.
cheer4veggies cheer4veggies 6 years
yes! but i never really fit in with the other girls. our team won nationals twice and state a few times competitively. it certainly kept me in shape.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 6 years
yes! i also played other sports, but cheerleading was my first love. i did it from middle school until senior year of college. contrary to popular belief, you do need a lot of athleticism to be a good cheerleader. AND, to set the record straight, a lot of different types of people were/are cheerleaders, not just giggly airheads.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I was in junior high, then I was mascot in high school. Now I like metal and computer science.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I was in junior high, then I was mascot in high school.Now I like metal and computer science.
hottpink hottpink 6 years
Yes, in HS
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