"It's an athletic activity. There are different factors that balance out both of the sides, like the history of cheerleading. Most definitions of "sport" include a focus on competition. No on-site trainer. Muay Thai was also granted provisional recognition along with cheerleading this year, and three new sports were added for the 2020 Summer Olympics: skateboarding, surfing and sport … Cheerleading involves skills which require the strength of football, the grace of dance, and the agility of gymnastics. A little less than two weeks from now, doctors will wheel Eileen Bangaoil into an operating room, surgically insert a cadaver's ligament into her left knee and rebuild her ACL. It's nothing unusual for someone who spent their childhood twisting and tumbling through the air with little regard for human limitations. If we could recruit, if we had scholarships, you could find the better athletes.". "You're right," she said. Once exclusively a sideline activity geared toward supporting school sports, cheerleading has gained recognition as a sport in its own right and often operates outside the school context altogether. The question of if cheerleading is a sport or not cannot be answered with one word. Cheerleading is Not a Sport According to Joe Hatton, the author of the article, “Sports Beat - The sport of cheerleading: It’s more than just pompoms and smiles,” cheerleading is a sport because it requires strength, balance, and coordination. Every week in “All-Star Spotlight,” members of the ESPNHS All-Star team tackle a hot topic in high school sports. Her eyes rolled to the back of her head, her ears started to bleed. At one competition, Gryskiewicz said she saw a male cheerleader tear his bicep straight from the bone, the muscle rolled up into his armpit like a window shade. Sports fans come out in droves to watch actual sports. "There are so many resources that could be available -- preventative care, having regular access to a student trainer. "Try it for one day. "It's been phenomenal. Included among them is some of their own, like Texas coach Jeff Dieta. They say that national cheerleading competitions, in which teams choreograph high-risk routines for high-pressure performances that are measured against those from other schools, aren't enough to make it a sport. It has even been proven that it takes 30 muscles to throw a football, and 40 muscles to do a standing tuck. According to the University of North Carolina's National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, each year more females are severely injured in cheerleading than athletes in any other sport. But what is strange is that her ligament snapped like a twig in practice more than a year ago. Competitive cheerleading is a sport. All of these sports, cheerleading included, require the athletes to be in shape, precise, talented and well-rehearsed. Competitive cheerleading is demanding. So the next time someone decides to say cheerleading isn’t a sport, they should give it a try. According to ESPN, Webb said that competitive cheerleading is as much a sport as chess. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) does not recognize cheerleading as a sport. I realize it requires strength, stamina and balance," said Nelson, an author of five books, including "We're All Athletes." In competitive cheerleading, squads compete against each other in a head-to-head fashion and are evaluated according to a standardized set of rules. It's a long way from the early 1970s, when Tex Schramm introduced the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as a sideshow to titillate the team's male fan base.