Pediatricians want cheerleading called a sport over injury risk

CBS News—October 22, 2012

In this segment of CBS News Emily Dodwell, M.D., MPH, FRCSC, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, shares her insight on safety measures that may reduce injuries among cheerleaders.

Ines Ferre: Cheerleading injuries have been on the rise for years. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is putting out new guidelines that say cheerleading should be designated as a sport in all states. This designation would insure cheerleaders certain safety measures.

Emily Dodwell: [The AAP policy statement calls for] mandatory pre-sport physicals, access to appropriately certified coaches, access to training programs.

View the segment with Dr. Dodwell and read the companion story at



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