Cheerleading....A Sport?

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Do you consider cheerleading a sport and why?

Cheerleading....A Sport?

These days, cheerleading is definitely considered to be a sport. There is no way you could possibly be a cheerleader if you are not athletically prepared. Cheerleaders ar required to do mounts where they either hold another squad member up, or actually do the climbing to the top of a pyramid, press, or shoulder stand. They must have the endurance to perform a dance routine in front of a crowd or for competitions for at least five minutes or more. They must memorize sideline cheers and performance cheers and learn the art of synchronization. And finally, they are required to do gymnastics stunts, such as dive rolls, back handsprings, and jumps like toe-touches, which require enormous strength. A typical cheerleader warm-up BEFORE practice consists of the following:

Leg stretches
Push-ups
Sit-ups
Jumping jacks
Waist stretches
Step jumps (for calf muscles)
Heel stretches
Running for 10-20 minutes

These are the usual stretching and warm-up exercises that ATHLETES must do before attempting their sport of choice. Cheerleading is no different!

   

Comments

2/20/2007 12:49:48 PM
Chloe said:

Yes, I have been told by many of people that aren't cheerleaders, and they know nothing about it and they say like there is no stretching or athletic ability in it. But they don't realize how much strength is REALLY put into it.


4/30/2007 2:41:52 PM
emma said:

I think that cheerleading is a sport because it is one of a dangerous sport and iit cost lots of money. i am doing a speech and it's over is cheerleading a sport and it's do tuseday/ wednesday.


5/29/2007 7:55:58 PM
amber cooper said:

i love this and i love cheering




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