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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In Wisconsin, Cheerleading Is A Contact Sport

Back in December, we reported on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision allowing a freshmen cheerleader to bring a negligence claim against her fellow cheerleader because cheerleading was not a contact sport.   As the WSJ Law Blog reports, yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed, finding that cheerleading is a contact sport.  A copy of the opinion is available here.   

More on the decision from Legal Profession Blog.    Tim Epstein also has a very thorough analysis over at Sports Law Blog

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http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2009/01/in-wisconsin-ch.html

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Ohm, it's a contact sport alright! For women in both high school and college, two-thirds of all severe sports injuries (from 1982 to 2007) were related to cheerleading, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. Red the national center's guidelines to help prevent cheerleading injuries at:

http://www.ethicsoup.com/guidelines-to-help-prevent-cheerleading-injuries.html

Posted by: Sharon McEachern | Jan 29, 2009 9:13:41 AM

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