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UIL evaluates cheerleading safety, adds training programs

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Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League Legislative Council passed a measure that requires cheerleading coaches and sponsors to undergo training for the prevention, treatment and oversight of concussions.

Cheerleading has proven to be dangerous because of the risky stunts and tricks they perform.

Thursday, Madison Hodges, a cheerleader at Spirit of Tyler, talked about some of her injuries from cheerleading.

"My injury was from tumbling, pounding so much on the bottom of my foot and shattering the bone under my big toe. I had it removed and also had to get the tendon cut in half," said Hodges.

The danger of the sport has been recognized by the legislative council. The council voted that the coaches and sponsors of cheerleading must go through training that complies with the Texas Education Code.

According to the Texas Education Code, the training will include the evaluation, prevention, symptoms, risks and long-term effects of concussions. The Texas Education Code also states that the coach is not authorized to determine a students return to play.

Jordan Cooke is a cheerleading coach at Spirit of Tyler who received a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. She agrees with the UIL regulation.

"If you're stunting and you have a concussion and you try to do a skill, you can injure your bases and you can injure yourself more. I think it's important to take precautions when they need to be taken," said Cooke.

Cooke went on to explain the complications of concussions.

"Concussions aren't that bad if you treat them when they need to be treated but they can cause some serious injuries like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's later on in life if they are not treated," said Cooke.

For Hodges, it's reassuring that her coaches will have the training needed to manage their safety.

"If I did get a concussion, they would know how to prevent it and what to do to help me so I didn't have further injury," said Hodges.

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