Cheerleading is a sport, and it can be a dangerous one at that. The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey supports the General Assembly’s recent decision requiring the New Jersey Department of Education to include cheerleading in its student-athlete head injury safety training program.
The assembly has passed legislation that would amend a concussion law signed by Governor Chris Christie in December of 2010 that required the Department of Education to develop an interscholastic athletic head injury safety training program to be completed by school physicians, athletic trainers and coaches. Cheerleading was not included in the law because it is not designated as a sport by the NJSIAA.
The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey thanks the General Assembly for this decision. Cheerleaders perform athletically difficult routines including high pyramids, and leaps and tosses, thus subjecting them to brain injury. We call on the State Senate to swiftly pass this bill, and for Governor Christie to sign it into law in time for the Fall 2011 sports season.
President & CEO
Brain Injury Association of New Jersey
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