Cheerleading Training Aids

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Cheerleading is a sport found at the intersection of several other sports, but is often derided for not being as "athletic" as other sports. This could not be further from the truth, as cheerleading combines dance and gymnastics--but in a way that doesn't allow breathlessness. After all, you have to cheer while you are dancing and doing acrobatics, and it's hard to do that when you're panting.

Training Better Cheerleaders

Because of the intense range of motion demanded by cheerleading, flexibility is key to being successful. Regular stretching promotes flexibility, and some coaches choose to incorporate elements of yoga in stretching regimes. Not only are flexible cheerleaders more able to do flashy kicks and splits, but more flexible athletes are less likely to get injured than more immobile ones.

Another thing that is very important in cheerleading is to make sure that everyone is in step. Judges at cheerleading competitions keep a sharp eye out for squads that seem to be perfectly synchronized. Even one cheerleader who stands out among the others can make a difference in scoring. Thus, it is important for the coach to make sure that all team members can perform all routines.

A good way to make sure everyone is on the same page is to test the range of motion of each member of the squad. A trained motion analysis specialist will be able to identify those who may have motion problems, and advise the coach accordingly. In addition, a specialist may help suggest stretching regimes to help prevent injuries.


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