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With all of the resistance New York and it’s crooked supporters have put up against the legalization of MMA in the Empire State, it’s surprising that none of these do-gooder groups have ever raised a stink about any really dangerous sports like football, or cheerleading — the latter of which accounts for nearly 67 percent of catastrophic sporting injuries in females.
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A recent report showed that between 1982 and 2007, there were 103 fatal, disabling or serious injuries and three deaths recorded among female high school athletes, with the vast majority occurring in cheerleading. The study went on to say that 25% of NCAA Insurance program funding went towards cheerleading-related injuries.
What’s funny is that the sport, which basically has no regulation in terms of what level of expertise coaches and trainers must have (outside of a handful of schools who recently begun checking), nor does it have a set minimum training or experience requirement for its participants, is accepted across North America and has never faced a possible ban like MMA did in New York in 1997.
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Most cases for the legalization of MMA have included the staggering statistics of cheerleading-related injuries to point out the hypocrisy of opponents of the sport, who claim that fighting is unsafe because of the number of injuries incurred by its athletes. Such arguments often fail when stat sheets are brought out to demonstrate just how few mixed martial arts bouts end in injury, besides minor ones like finger and hand sprains or dislocations.
You can bet we’ll never see Bob Reilly supporting a bill to ban cheerleading in New York, mostly because it won’t get him the votes of his constituents with ulterior motives or campaign contributions from conflicting parties like the Culinary Union.
Aren’t politics great?