A cheerleader is like an elastic band, they are flexible, they stretch, and they spring when they get flung into the air. Cheerleading is intense and fiercely competitive but most people deny the fact that cheerleading is an actual sport. The definition of a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment” (“sport”,par1). This definition applies to cheerleading just as much as it does any other “sport.” Meaning, cheerleading is and should always be considered a “sport.” Cheerleading requires both technical skills and physical fitness. Much like Doyne, cheerleaders often argue, “Why should cheerleading not be considered a sport when it required a
They fight with their power and sexuality rather than physically, and they are willing to go to great lengths to accomplish their goals. Both Beth and Coach French have a strong awareness of their sexuality and they use this to their advantage in order to have power and control. For example, Coach French asserts her power as the new coach by eliminating the cheer captain position. This causes an immediate battle between Beth, the captain, and coach that will last throughout the entire story. It isn’t long before Beth wages a manipulative war against coach to get the upper hand.
I had exactly one year and one month to prepare for black belt test day. Weeks that were once packed with nine hours of Aikido turned into weeks of cramming at least twelve hours in, not including the road trips to other dojos for training. Although some days I came home completely drained and smelling as if Messimer 3 I had spent hours at the gym, I knew that I had a set list of techniques to prepare for the test and a limited time to accomplish them. During this time, I had to deal with more criticism than I ever had to before. Many black belt individuals came to help me prepare for the test and tore my techniques apart.
What do you think of when someone asks you, what is a cheerleader? The way many people across the globe view cheerleading is merely a stereotype. This stereotype consists of the idea that all cheerleaders are pretty, overly enthusiastic girls that lack intelligence and athletic abilities. Many people have decided on these grounds that cheerleading cannot be considered a sport, but what exactly constitutes a sport? Generally, any activity that requires physical demand, risk, skill, and commitment to succeed is a sport.
Some would even say that dance is harder and more of a sport then cheer but if you think about it cheerleaders have to have trust in each other, be loud, positive and encouraging. They also have to have tumbling skills, tight motions, kicks, jumps and much more. “As a cheerleader or dancer, the word “leadership” takes on a whole new meaning. On the sidelines, in the classroom and in the community, leadership is a vital component of your role. As an athlete in the public eye, you must represent your school to the best of your ability.
I believe that there is more to cheerleading than just cheers,jumps,stunts,and chants. Don’t get me wrong, these are all amazing parts of being a cheerleader, but cheerleaders are also leaders. Whether on the sidelines, in the classroom, or throughout the community, our cheerleaders lead and represent our school. Not only do we represent our Christian academy, we represent Christ. It is important for us to be mindful of our words and actions and to treat everyone with kindness and respect.
When most people think of athletes, they don 't usually think of a gymnast. Though to many the sport of gymnastics is rarely seen as anything beyond pretty girls doing pretty dances with some tumbling. To anyone who actively follows gymnastics, you 'd know that the males and females in gymnastics are some of the most disciplined, strongest, athletes there are. Most female gymnasts peak in their early to mid-twenties, meaning if they want serious careers in the sport, they have to focus most if not all of their youth. In the United States, many gymnasts over twenty one have a much lesser chance of making an Olympic team than another who is sixteen.
It also takes a lot of flexibility. Dancing takes hours of practice and years of dedication to master, just like other recognized high school sports. Although some people say that the ability of dance is not unique, this is not true. Everyone can dance or shoot a basketball, but only the best people compete in those sports. Dance should be considered a competitive sport in high school because it is
More than half of all female athletic injuries are caused by competitive cheerleading. According to The Telegraph(2013), “At the college level, cheerleading, or "competitive cheer," caused more than 70 percent of the catastrophic injuries among females.” Over the last three decades, there were 110 serious head and spine injuries that resulted in permanent brain injury, paralysis and death(Allen, 2013). The major focus in the competitive cheer world is to get officials to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport. While that is a good thing, cheerleaders and their coaches should make preventing injuries in the sport one of their top priorities. Competitive cheer injuries are dangers that cheerleaders and coaches could prevent with the
Cheerleaders throw people 5-20 feet in the air and have to catch them in the same place. On December 3, 2013, cheer was considered one of the most dangerous sport and people still don’t think cheer as a hard sport. People who say cheer isn’t a sport have never experienced it and how hard it is. Cheer takes up more or the same amount of hours as any other athletes put in. In cheer you have to perfect a plan and work on it every practice to only perform for 3 ½ minutes.
Competitive cheerleaders are required to acquire many skills before they can get chosen for a squad and compete. It is a team sport because all of the cheerleaders must perform in unison and work together to achieve complicated stunt sequences. With just some easy changes cheerleading will become a sport. The first step to cheerleading
Cheerleading goes through a lot more than what is shown. Workouts are mandatory at least 2-3 times a week. It is required so stunts can be hit and tumbling fall through. Practice happens every week and if one is missed, you miss new stunts or formations. Cheerleading teams can compete nationally with other cheerleading teams around the world.
Many people are quick to say that it will not happen to them, yet the statistics are shockingly high, especially for women, meaning that anyone can become a victim. Rana Sampson, a national problem-oriented policing consultant, reports that “women ages 16 to 24 experience rape at rates four times higher than the assault rate of all women making the college (and high school) years the most vulnerable for women.” This reveals how important it is that students should be taught to be aware of sexual assault so they can be able to identify it, stop it, and report it. Furthermore, most students believe they are safe from sexual predators, however, they are undoubtedly unaware that the attackers are typically acquaintances of the victim. According to a survey conducted by psychologist Mary Koss and her colleagues, 84% of those raped claimed to have known their attacker as prior to the incident, typically as a normal friend (Curtis). It is a common misperception that victims of acquaintance rape lie because they have regrets after consensual sex, however acquaintance rape is not a lie and it occurs to many students in America.