MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More and more, cheerleaders are getting injured doing their cheers.READ MORE: Hopkins Police Investigating Fatal Shooting At Apartment Building
The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new guidelines to make the sport safer. Since cheerleading has become more competitive in recent years, routines have begun to involve more complex and dangerous stunts.READ MORE: Mass Casualty Simulation Helps Nat'l Guard, Children's Minnesota Practice Treating Kids
Each year, there are about 26,000 cheerleading injuries. The pediatrics group wants cheerleading to be designated as a sport in all states, giving them certain safety measures, such as mandatory pre-sport physicals, access to certified coaches and certified training programs.
Other recommendations include no stunts on hard or wet surfaces, and no pyramids more than two people high.MORE NEWS: Amid Missionary Hostage Crisis, Minnesotan From Port-Au-Prince Wishes 'Haiti Would Get The Help They Need'
The overall injury rate in high school cheerleading is lower than other girls sports like soccer and gymnastics. But, the rate of serious injuries like skull fractures and spinal injuries is higher.