Cheerleading Facts

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Johnny Campbell was the first to cheer the football team in 1898 in Princeton. Cheerleading is almost 100 years old when most of the cheerleaders were men. Now 98% of cheerleaders are females. The estimates tell that around the world there are more than 4 million cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are generally in the age group of 5 to 13 years. Most of the cheerleaders are gymnasts and 12% are dancers. In US 80% schools have cheerleading squads. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders is the most famous squad. Football is most popular sport for cheerleading. Cheerleading is no doubt a dangerous sport as it involves injuries like broken bones, busted lips and serious injuries. Though cheerleading is to rouse the interest of match watchers, cheerleading in itself is a competitive sport. The competitive cheerleader must be a high level gymnast as she is to perform without any safeguards.

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  1. Omg, I’d like to see a football player try to do half of the stuff we do! Splits, hitch kicks, they wouldn’t last one minute!

    • And a full-up power press up to a heel stretch then turn and have the flyer do a scale. And how about, for tumbling, do a round off double back handspring full. And I would love to see those toe touches, right, and left jumps. And how about how tight their dance would be.

      -A Cheerleader

  2. omg I wud like to see a cheerleader go through 2 a days. they wouldn’t last a sec. I wud like to see a cheerleader go against a 6’5 320 pound offense of tackle every play they are out there and actually beat em everytime… they wouldn’t even stand a chance… I would love to see a cheerleader get hit full sprint by a linebacker and pop back up. Oh I wud love to see a cheerleader play football…

  3. I’d like to see everyone respect competitors in all areas. It takes a apecial person to develop a skill and perform it to the best of their ability. Life is much sweeter when one appreciates others rather than belitlles them to make themselves feel better or more superior. Speaking as collegiate all American I truly believe it is more special to respect others abilities than to be the best at tour own. Some of the toughest competitors are at the top of their game because they respect the abilities of others. I would also hate to live in a world were there was only one activity. Talk about Boring.

  4. All you have to do to be a football player is run a ball or be fat to knock people over. To be a cheerleader especially in competition you have 2:30 to do as many flips and stunts as you can to prove your agility. I as a cheerleader know that we can do more than a football player. We throw girls many feet into the air as they are constantly spinning. Not just that, but we tumble too. I would love to see you do 10 backflips in a row. Or how about a double twisting flip… didn’t think so. We have two a days in cheer too. And don’t get me started on how dangerous it is. Imagine being thrown into the air and if anything goes wrong landing on the ground. No pads. No helmets. Nothing. But we push through it. I’ve broken 5 bones because of this sport, one of them I waited a year to treat because I have the strength to be able to do that and the dedication to my team. Football is a joke compared to cheerleading. Let’s see you try it.

  5. I’m a football player and I take dance class… I’m not gay either… I’ve taken ballet classes I’ve done kicks and I can do the splits and sure its hard and everything at times but me having experience in both fields I can say hands down football is way easier then doing pli’es, releves and kicks for a routine. So yes cheerleading is hard but football will outsport cheerleading by a landslide.

  6. i am a cheerleader, and let me say it is harder than it looks. I know a male cheerleader he isn’t gay but people still pick on him.

  7. I can’t believe that cheerleading is over 100 years old! It surprises me that 98% of cheerleaders are female, considering professional and competitive cheerleading often need men who can do the difficult lifts and stunts that require a signigicant amount of strength that women just don’t have. It is obvious that cheerleading is a real sport when you think about all the time, energy, strength, skill, and intelligence that goes into it.

  8. For every sport, it takes time to master. Football and Cheerleading, two different sports. It takes the same amount of dedication and hard work. I’m a 4 year varsity cheerleader, and it took time to get to where I’m at. Guys probably can’t do stunts , splits, and high kicks like us cheerleaders do. The same as cheerleaders wouldn’t last playing defense or beating a 200 lb dude. Whatever the case is, in all sports it takes hard work in a different way. Instead of fighting of what sport is harder, get out there and be the BEST cheerleader or BEST football player !!

  9. Cheerleading & football are both tough sports. They both require a lot of skill, agility, strength, determination, motivation, and power. Let’s not fight about which is or isnt a sport or which is tougher. Both require different skill set. I Have been a competitive cheerleader for 8 years now, and I love it. It’s all I do now, but I used to play about every sport in the book. It’s tough as ****, and like football, requires TONS of conditioning. This weekend I’m going to Nashville to compete in a very important competition and I can’t wait to perfor mwith my level 4 and levbel 5 teams. So lets get out there and do our best !

  10. CHEERLEADING IS A SPORT!!!!
    I have been a cheerleader ever since I was in second grade, so every since I was 6 and I was doing gymnastics and dancing at the age 3. I have gotten hurt so many times I have had to stay in the hospital for 2 years. I also play tennis, soccer, and football. Those sports are also dangerous but I would have to say the cheerleading is the most dangerous. My team has lost a player because of a flipping accident. I am now 13 and I play many sports but cheerleading is a sport. If you don’t believe me, look it up.

  11. I hate cheerleaders coz cheering doesn’t means that v r gonna win the game ..so its useless n if being it, is so difficult…so,drop it down…

  12. i love cheerleading no matter what!!! even if i break a bone or even get injured really bad… cheerleadig is a really hard sport but also the best!

  13. i Wrestle- two time state qualifier for jackson in missouri took fifth in state. i pole vault ive gotten thirteen eight in two years of practicing and i do jui jitsu won my first tournement. used to play football but quit because of all the drugs that they used its gotten better now though. but ive done two a days my whole life for all sports.to be able to wrestle and cheer helps so much the flexibility involved to help prevent injuries. some of my best friends are amazing football players. they beat me with pads but im goin to college to cheer and do rugby id love to see you football players take those pads off and show how much of a real man you are when your running down that field in your maxipads just remember your not alone on your training.

  14. Cheerleading is a sport and you have no right to say its not. We compete, just like other sports do. We condition, just like other sports. We have early morning practices, late practices, long practices, etc. Just like any other team. Cheerleaders are there to support the other teams playing but instead you refuse to accept our encouragement.

  15. Cheerleading is a SPORT Ya’ll dont know what your talking about when it comes to cheerleading. Cheeleading is one of the best sports ever invented. I did cheer for 2 years and i have learned so much within 2 years and it is so much fun.

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