Many people view Jacksonville cheerleading as all flair and no effort, after all, seeing all those stunts being performed effortlessly makes it seem like anybody can do it. However, it’s important to know that cheerleading takes a lot of physical effort on the athletes’ part. While cheerleading is a fun and incredible sport, the safety of the athletes must take priority. Here are some of the most common injuries that cheerleaders can face and what they can do to prevent and treat them.
Warm-ups are essential to prevent muscle strain
As with any sport, one of the first things to do before practice or a cheer routine is to warm-up. By doing stretches and a light jog before performing will help guarantee that your muscles are relaxed enough to perform the physically straining activities that cheerleading is known for. One of the most common injuries resulting from a lack of a proper warm-up routine is muscle strain, which means that your muscles have been over exerted because of a lack of proper warm-up. Muscle strain is not a very serious injury, as long as you wrap the affected area, apply ice to it, and rest it when necessary. However, do not overdo it, as this may increase in severity if you do not allow it the proper rest.
Practice the proper landing procedures in order to prevent knee and ankle injury
Proper landing form is very important when performing in order to prevent hurting your knees and joints. The most common injuries from landing wrong can manifest as a sprained knee or a sprained ankle. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to practice the appropriate landing positions and to make sure your knees don’t lock when you practice your tumbling. Fortunately, treating a sprained ankle is quite easy. When you sprain your ankle, don’t remove the shoe of the sprained foot, keep it on to prevent swelling until someone arrives with ice. Ice your ankle on and off over the next few days while keeping it elevated, and keep it compressed with some athletic tape or a bandage. Rest your ankle, but let it move a bit to prevent the formation of scar tissue. Treating a sprained knee follows the same steps: ice it regularly, rest it, and compress the affected area.
Keep yourself active even when off-season
It can be easy to get complacent during the off-season, without regular practices and competitions to keep you busy. But it’s important to keep your body active with your regular warm-up and strengthening routine so that your muscles do not get worn out quickly from lack of use when you come back for the next Jackson cheerleading season.