According to the Wild and Wacky Holiday
), March is National Cheerleading Safety Month. What a great time to remind ourselves about cheerleading safety! March and April are often months that cheerleading tryouts take place and new squads are selected. This is an excellent opportunity to review current safety measures, revise those measures if needed, and replace the 2008-2009 safety measures with the 2009-2010 safety measures.
Having an emergency plan for injuries is extremely important. This plan should be written on paper, shared with everyone involved with the cheer/dance program, posted, and practiced/rehearsed. Document the emergency plan practice session and indicate who participated. This documentation should be on file--forever! If a land line (phone) is used for emergency calls, the emergency number should be posted in a prominent place near the phone. The NCSSE advocates having an emergency plan for every place you practice, perform, and compete.
Introducing your emergency plan during cheerleading tryouts is an excellent idea as you may have students unfamilar with the facility. What better way to practice for an emergency! Take a few minutes to discuss the details of the emergency plan, distribute copies of the plan, and practice the plan. Check that the plan worked as you intended; if not, revise the plan.
It is also important for coaches to participate in training for first aid, CPR, and AEDs. This training should be updated as needed. Sponsor CPR training for your gym and your squads.
Keep cheerleading safety in the forefront of every cheerleading activity. Discuss your safety measures with your parents, cheerleaders and supervisors. Practice what you preach!