There are roughly 3.5 million cheerleaders in the United States and approximately 16,000 emergency room visits yearly due to injuries related to cheerleading. March is National Cheerleading Safety Month and our team at Layton Physical Therapy is here to help prevent long-term injuries. Cheerleading injuries are often found to be more severe from other sports due to the amount of force and pressure on the wrists, head, neck, shoulders, ankles, and knees.
The most common injury related to cheerleading is an ankle injury. Typically the ankle injuries are caused by landing on the outside of the foot and twisting the ankle inward. It is common to see injuries to the bone and ligaments following an ankle injury. We can diagnose and treat the various ankle injuries to provide long-term relief.
A knee injury often occurs after landing awkwardly from jumps. ACL tears are the most common injuries to the knee from cheerleading. We recommend seeing our physical therapist in Layton prior to surgery as we may be able to provide treatments to speed up the healing time following ACL surgery.
An injury to the wrist often occurs because cheerleaders use outstretched hands to brace their fall. Wrist tendonitis is a common long-term side-effect from cheerleading wrist injuries. Dry needling is an effective way to reduce pain and improve range of motion to a wrist following an injury.
Concussions are common when a cheerleader’s head hits the ground following a fall. Brain injuries are serious and need timely treatment to reduce long-term problems. Sometimes the injuries will lead to additional issues such as neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain.
Call Layton Physical Therapy for Cheerleading Injuries
Many cheerleaders deal with inflammation of the joints, which can be treated in our Layton physical therapy office. We have experience dealing with a variety of injuries by offering dry needling and several other services designed to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and improve mobility. Contact our office for more information about cheerleading injuries, and how to prevent serious injuries.