The National Safety Council was formed to raise awareness of cheerleading safety and education, address misconceptions about injuries, and provide data to ensure proper training of athletes. It is made up of representatives from all segments and disciplines of cheer, including the medical community, spirit industry leaders, biomechanical experts, administrators, coaches, athletes and parents.

USA Cheer Safety Council


Dawn Comstock, PhD
Gerald George, PhD
Dr. Jeff Dugas, M.D.
Dr. Paul Morin, M.D.
Dr. Shane Miller, M.D.
Karen Lew Feirman, DHSc, ATC
Michael Higgins, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Summer Ott, PhD
Ryan “Pete” Manely, DHSc, ATC


Sherry Cooney
Jomo Thompson
Linda Gooch
Roger Schonder


Cayce Brasel
Sarah Coggins
Tucker Hunter
Ryan Martin
Caity Hinshaw
Kaysie Hanle
Amanda Robertson

Industry Expert

Gwen Holtsclaw
Jim Lord
Steve Wedge
Shane Womack


Page Johnson
Melissa Jablonski
Leanne Higgins, PhD


Mark Smith