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article imageMichigan cheerleader falls face first during game

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Dec 2, 2011 in Sports
East Lansing, Mich. - Cheerleader Taylor Young, 20, fell face first during a timeout in the first half of a basketball game between Michigan State and Florida State.
Young, a junior from Twin Lake, MI, fell when another cheerleader fell and in a domino effect she was dropped by a male cheerleader while she was in mid-air. She flipped in the air and landed face first.
Play was halted for about six minutes as she was on the floor. She was rolled onto her back, her head immobilized and she was placed on a stretcher. reports she was attended to by paramedics and the MSU doctor, Dr. Jeff Kovan, before she was taken out on a stretcher and transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.
As she was being wheeled out she smiled and gave a double thumbs up to the cheering crowd.
When she was admitted her condition was listed as stable. Head coach Tom Izzo said, "I did check on it afterward, and our doctor said everything was going to be OK with her. So our thoughts and prayers go out to her." reports reports Young was released from the hospital Thursday, December 1.
Michigan won against Florida, 65-49.
Cheerleading is the most dangerous sport there is for girls according to a report by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research in 2010 reports
The report out of the University of North Carolina states 65 percent of catastrophic injuries in high school girls' athletics is from cheerleading.
In a study by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators it was reported that between 1982 and 1008 there were 10 deaths and 66 serious injuries due to cheerleading. Among the injuries were spinal cord injuries and head trauma.
Consumer Product Safety Commission reports nearly 30,000 cheerleaders are taken to emergency rooms annually.
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