Cheerleading as a Sport

By Emily, age 19, Newfoundland

I know many people say that cheerleading is not a sport, but I can tell you that it really is. As a former bottom and spotter, I know that cheerleading is a whole lot of work. We lift and support the tops, who all probably look thin, but they usually have a whole lot of muscle mass.

Along with all of the lifting you do, there's also the dancing that goes with the routines. The perfection of those dances takes hours of practice, sometimes in the late hours of the night and wee hours of the morning. I know that my team used to have two morning practices, one after school practice, and one night practice per week.

Cheerleading also takes a lot of communication between team members. In order to perform any kind of tosses (such as the basket toss) or poses (such as the liberty or scorpion poses), all of the bottoms and spotters have to be supporting most of the tops' weight so that she can balance.

Cheerleading, just like any other sport, is extremely dangerous if team members don't know what they're doing. If the tops are dropped and not caught, they can suffer irreversible consequences. It's not uncommon for girls to wind up with broken limbs or paralyzed from screw-ups during stunts. As a spotter, I've had a top fall on my face, which luckily didn't cause too much damage. I've also seen the same top not having been caught and falling on her own face, which was extremely painful for her. Luckily the mats cushioned her fall.

The professionals might make it look easy, but cheerleading is extremely difficult. It takes work, dedication and a certain amount of strength.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
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- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
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- To hesitate or dive in?
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- I don't care (poetry)
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