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Newest concussion prevention crackdown: Cheerleading

(June14, 2013)

Those vicious helmet-to-helmet hits got everyone's attention, but Texas officials this week took a step to make another dangerous school activity less risky for concussions: cheerleading.

The University Interscholastic League, which sets rules for public school athletics in Texas, voted Tuesday to bring spirit squads under the umbrella of safety protections the Legislature in 2011 put in place for student-athletes. Cheerleading squads were not included in that legislation.

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