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Cheerleading is a Sport, Say Doctors; What Do You Say?

By approving the new policy, the American Medical Association is suggesting better safety measures in cheerleading.

With its stunts, pyramids and gymnastics moves, many say that cheerleading is a sport that needs improved safety measures. File|Patch
With its stunts, pyramids and gymnastics moves, many say that cheerleading is a sport that needs improved safety measures. File|Patch

The American Medical Association has declared that cheerleading is a sport because of its “rigors and risks,” according to the Associated Press.

The nation’s large doctors’ association adopted that policy during its annual meeting in Chicago this week.

The AMA declared that “cheerleading is as rigorous as many other activities that high schools and the NCAA consider sports.”

By approving the new policy, the AMA is suggesting better safety measures in cheerleading.

The American Academy of Pediatrics approved a similar policy two years ago.

Read the full Associated Press article. 

Whether cheerleading is a sport has been a contentious debate for years. One side says the cheerleaders train just as hard as any other athletes. Detractors say any competition that is judged isn't a sport. What do you think? Is cheerleading a sport? Let us know in the comment section below. 

Chris Anderson June 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Of course it is. Nobody who has ever seen it would think otherwise.
Joana June 12, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Yes, it's a sport! I could never understand why anyone would think otherwise. The gym my son goes to, Capital, has cheer teams practicing everyday. If you saw their tumble runs you would totally agree it is a sport. And oh by the way, aren't gymnastics, skiing, diving, etc., judged?

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