Saturday, March 31, 2007

parlous pom-poms

Give me an "O"
Give me a "U"
Give me a "C"
Give me an "H"

The New York Times reports on the mounting toll of accidents incurred by cheerleaders as their ever ambitious gymnastic aspirations come tumbling down - often head first. As Emergency Rooms swell with soaring numbers of patients, the skyrocketing tally of injuries threatens to hobble the sport's reputation. Opinion is fractured with some medical experts suggesting a complete break from cheerleading, while many coaches claim such draconian measures could permanently cripple the sport.

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