Safety Tips

Stay in shape

  • Strength and agility are needed to perform cheerleading moves safely.
  • General conditioning, such as jogging, helps to decrease fatigue during performances, which can mean fewer injuries.
  • Make sure joints and muscles are flexible with a good stretching routine. Your coach can assist you with these exercises which can also enhance your performance.

Beat the heat

  • Know and understand the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Hold practice sessions during cooler times of the day.
  • Avoid practicing during mid-day when temperatures are highest.
  • Take plenty of water breaks in the shade.
  • Schedule water breaks every fifteen minutes to stay hydrated.
  • Drink water between scheduled breaks.
  • Practice indoors when possible if temperatures are too high.

Play it safe

  • Learn the rules and regulations of cheerleading.
  • Understand the use of spotters and their roles. A spotter must be present for each stunt performed.
  • Stunts can be dangerous if performed incorrectly. The height of a stunt is limited to two people, including the base.
  • Make sure athletes have proper shoes and a safe surface on which to train.
  • Practice on mats or pads.
  • Keep a first aid kit and a cooler of ice available for minor injuries. 
  • Take a CPR class.
  • Know when to call 911—athletes who suffer head and neck injuries should not be moved. Athletes who lose consciousness require immediate medical attention. Notify parents of any injuries their child has sustained. Consult a Certified Athletic Trainer or medical doctor when necessary.