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Its a heated debate is cheerleading considered a sport After all most sports only have one season cheerleading has two football and basketball Like cross-country we run like football we toss like soccer we kick like a track and field we jump We even risk our lives in pyramids like Egyptians We have injuries and tryouts like all other sports The fact that we dont tackle our opponents to the ground for a ball does not mean that we are not athletes We work just as hard as real athletes work What is it that qualifies an activity to be a sport Is it the ball No wrestling is a sport and it doesnt contain a ball Is it the sweat It cant be the sweat cheerleaders sweat Is it the practice Nope our practices are sometimes just as intense than many other sports practices The audience No cant be that either audiences at competitions out number those at many ball games A sport can be defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill on a competitive level Cheerleading unquestionably involves physical exertion Real cheerleaders exist to cheer on the team and raise the spirit of the crowd Cheerleading takes just as much dedication and skill as any other sport sometimes more In most schools the line between sports and clubs is often fuzzed In some schools cheerleading is considered a sport and is given all the rights that other sports have Other schools call it an activity or a club and it doesnt fall under the same guidelines as more traditional sports Cheerleading is athletic and cheerleaders need medical care use of mats and other safety devices and ample practice space The problem is that other athletes have no idea what it takes to be a cheerleader We make it look so easy we fly through the air with grace and we catch our teammates as though they are feathers floating from the
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