NFHS Responds to the American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Cheerleading Injuries

On October 22, the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement with guidelines to help prevent cheerleading injuries.

With the continual growth of cheerleading, the NFHS also recognizes the need for properly educated and trained coaches. In 2009, the NFHS Coach Education Program introduced the first of two online education courses designed for spirit coaches. “Spirit Safety Certification,” developed with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA), is designed to provide information and advice to help spirit coaches assess and make changes to their current safety program, with the goal to minimize the risks involved in cheerleading.

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