Modern day cheerleading has progressed beyond pretty girls waving pom-poms on the sidelines. It’s now an ultra-competitive sport filled with physically demanding tricks and dangerous acrobatics. While thrilling, the evolution of cheerleading has resulted in significantly more brain injuries and even partial paralysis among participants. Interestingly, these types of injuries occur more frequently during practice than in competition. Why? Most believe it’s due to cheerleading not being (consistently) recognized as an official school sport, making proper practice space and safety equipment scarce.