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There is some debate to whether middle school, high school, and youth league Cheerleading are sports because of limited routines, and low level of skill. College cheerleaders usually are not considered a sport, even though most feel they should be. College cheerleaders are under the category of 'athletics', but aren't considered a sport, merely entertainment or marketing. All-star cheerleading (gyms that don't have a school for a sponser) is considered a sport but if you're still not sure: Ruling Reasons: * Cheerleading has it's own governing body, the USASF (United States All-star Federartion) for All-Star cheerleaders, and the UCA (Universal Cheerleading Association) for school cheerleaders. * Cheerleading is competitive, hosting competitions all over the country. From States, to Nationals, to The Cheerleading Worlds held in Walt Disney World, Florida. * ESPN considers All-Star cheering a sport and covers Worlds every year. Statistical Reasons: * 22,900: Number of children who went to emergency rooms with cheerleading injuries in 2002 * According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injuries, female cheerleaders make up a whopping 50% of the catastrophic head, neck and spine injuries that are suffered specifically by female athletes. * Approximately 25,000 cheerleaders ended up in the emergency room in 2007, and the number does continually rise. Not all of these visits are serious, some are minor. * According to injury statistics reported to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research for the period between 1982 and 2002, the majority of catastrophic injuries to females were from cheerleading. (Most cheerleading injuries happen to females, in part because females are the ones who get thrown up in the air and because there are more female than male cheerleaders.) * Each year, more females are severely injured in cheerleading than athletes in any other sport (National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research). Athletic Reasons: * Cheerleaders work just as hard as any other athlete in practices. They condition too. * With more advanced stunts, cheerleading gets harder and harder. It isn't easy to hold someone standing on one leg above your head, or toss them up in the air, have them do a flip, and catch them. * A lot of cheerleading is tumbling, or gymnastics style moves. * On higher levels, cheerleading is pretty extreme. The stunts, complex pyramids, and advanced tumbling, not only are risky, but very strenous to the body But, the true test is what the athletes have to say. Even though they know how dangerous the sport, most athletes wouldn't give it up. Cheerleading builds confidence, and sportsmanship. Cheerleaders do things every day that most people will never do,and they do them with smiles on their faces, and bows in their hair. Cheerleading is considered a sport by all who do it, and all who see it.

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First, of all I'm not defending the cheerleaders who dance around at football games. I'm talking about competitive cheerleaders.

Competitive cheerleaders go to competitions and perform for judges. The judges judge each team by their tumbling, sharp motions, stunts, etc. Cheerleaders have more injuries than a football player. In two months, I've had a hyperextended knee and a REALLY bloody nose and I'm only a preteen. To be a sport, it must compete against (an) other team(s) with either a judge or a numerical scoring. Cheerleading has both judges and numerical scoring. Cheerleading is not for wimps. Cheerleading is a serious sport that not everybody can do.

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It is a sport because has long as your making a routine and stuff think the NBA makes routines and NBA is a sport them competive cheerleading is a sport

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