A concussion is an injury to the brain resulting from an impact to the head. Concussions are a risk for any athlete, but are a particular concern for those participating in cheerleading due to the nature of the activity involving height, inversion and rotation of the body as well as physical interaction and contact with other team members.
USA Cheer Safety/AACCA has convened a panel of experts to establish a recommended protocol for medical professionals as well as coaches of cheerleaders to manage a progressive return to cheerleading participation for a cheerleader who has been diagnosed with a concussion. Our goal is to minimize the occurrence of “Second Impact Syndrome” and allow the brain to heal to its fullest before returning to full activity.
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