Is cheerleading the most hazardous sport?
Rising amount of severe injuries puts spotlight on often overlooked activity
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Monday, Oct. 29:
(MCT) — If you go to a college or high school football game, you’ll see dedicated athletes giving their all in a pastime that in some cases, unfortunately, leads to tragic injuries. And we’re not talking about the guys in pads and helmets.
The hazards football holds for young brains has gotten a lot of deserved attention, owing in part to the serious dementia seen among such former NFL stars as Chicago’s Dave Duerson. But blocks and tackles are not the only source of irreversible harm.
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