Cheerleading progam designed to reduce risk of common injuries

Cheerleading has come a long way from standing on the sidelines with pompoms. Today’s sport combines gymnastics, dance and dynamic, multi-person stunts. The sport requires strength, balance, timing and flexibility. A deficiency in any of these categories puts the athlete at risk for any number of injuries.

Cheering involves quick, explosive movements which put a lot of stress through the joints. Young teenage girls are often very flexible and still growing. They have to learn to control the available motion in their joints or they will get hurt.

Alayne Schweitzer MSPT, OCS of Colonial Orthopaedics will be giving a Injury Prevention seminar for cheerleaders and their families on Friday May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Star Factory Gym. This program by Colonial Orthopaedics will discuss common cheerleading injuries to the knee, ankle and back and focus on specific exercises to prevent them.

This event is free and open to the public. The Star Factory is located off of 85 South on 460 West in the Dinwiddie Industrial Park

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