Injuries are always going to be a part of Lakeland cheerleading. It is not uncommon to hear about a local cheerleader getting hurt during practice or during a competition. They are much athletes as football and basketball players are. Cheerleaders also have to train hard, workout, practice, and compete. There’s nothing about them that doesn’t say tough.
The most dangerous kind of injury is concussion. Studies have shown that cheerleading is second to football when it comes to severe sport injuries. But while cheerleading is a highly competitive and dangerous sports, most of the injuries you’ll encounter are unlikely to be severe. Here are the four most common cheerleading injuries and how to recover from them:
Cheerleaders are prone to ankle sprain because of the amount of work that their ankles have to do and take every single time they practice or compete. If you have sprained or twisted your ankle before, you’re most prone to having it again. The first thing to do is to keep your shoe on until someone comes along with an ice pack. Elevate your feet and move your ankles around once they start to feel good.
If you don’t warm up enough, this could happen to you. A strain is a small tear in your muscle. The level of severity will depend on how large the size of the tear is. But usually, you can still do cheerleading stunts and routines by wrapping the affected leg or area. To help heal it, put a warm compress and do some slow aerobic activity. You can massage the area where the tear is, and then ice it for about 20 minutes.
When you fall hard on your tailbone, you can have a bone bruise. There’s nothing really you can do about this but to wait it out. It may take a few days or a few weeks. Icing may help heal the area faster and prevent any swelling. You can also apply a heat compress to help relieve the pain. If it doesn’t get better in weeks, go to a doctor because it might be more serious like a fracture of the bone.
Muscle soreness happens after an especially rigid workout or practice. It doesn’t mean you’re out of shape. It means that you’ve worked hard enough and your muscles exerted too much effort. To diminish the soreness, drink plenty of water and stretch out after a workout or practice. Make sure to allow your muscles to cool down.