Is Cheering Really a Sport?

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October 13, 2016 by missjordynn

By Jordyn Patterson / Inglewood, CA

“Cheerleaders only purpose is to entertain, not to only compete,” a former cheerleader from University of Florida said.


(Kentucky Wildcats)

In opposition to that, some cheerleaders in fact do compete against other cheerleaders in national competitions. We also need cooperation and synchronization just as any other team sport needs. Physical activities are done a lot in cheering, too such as flipping and stunting. Not to mention that we have to cheer and do routines at the same time, so stamina and being in shape is definitely key.

A sport is a “physical activity [competition] against/with an opponent, governed by rules and conditions under which a winner is declared, and primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants” – Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors.




Many other sport players/athletes deny cheer being something in comparison to the sport they play. For example some may say cheer is not a sport because we do not use strategy but we compete against other squads to show the judges that the stunts and routine is better than the others; if this is not considered using strategy then swimming and gymnastics should not be considered a sport either, ESPN says.

” Cheerleaders have to go through rigorous training and practice all the time to perfect the routine displayed at games” said the Bleacher report. The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research said cheer is the #1 cause of serious sports injuries to women and emergency visits are 5 times the number of other sports also. Even though cheer is not a sport, according to NCAA, I believe they use their athleticism the same as any other current sports.

– pictures are from Pinterest and of the Kentucky Wildcats.

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