Cheerleaders are athletes too

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A Gottlieb


The athletic demands of cheerleading are often overlooked. In order to identify risks and develop injury prevention plans for this population, cheerleaders must first be recognized as the athletes they are. Recommendations for specifics of the preparticipation physicals for cheerleaders are provided. The need for evaluation of their development, nutrition, and associated risk cannot be overstressed.


Gottlieb A. Cheerleaders are athletes too. Pediatr Nurs. 1994;20(6):630-633.

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