August 8, 2014 – (Fishers, Ind) – Terry Horner, M.D., concussion management specialist for Methodist Sports Medicine (MSM) and co-director of the Indiana Sports Concussion Network told coaches attending the 2014 Indiana Cheer Coaches Conference that cheerleading should be recognized as a sport by every state sports governing federation in the United States. “Unlike other sports that require protective gear, cheerleaders are especially vulnerable to injury due to the tumbling, throwing, and athleticism that is demonstrated,” Dr. Horner said at a gathering of more than 150 coaches at Fishers High School.
In April of 2014, New York became the 34th state to recognize cheerleading as a sport. During his presentation Dr. Horner asked if the coaches knew how many states had that designation. Dr. Horner says “education is the key” to better recognition and treatment of sports concussions and shared many of the signs and symptoms of concussion injury at the conference. The coaches were also encouraged to take sideline concussion cards as a reference tool and reminder for best response in situations where concussion injuries occur and a medical professional is not present. Dr. Horner is part of the Indianapolis Colts medical team as a consultant, and has served in a similar role for many years with Indiana University football. Retired from his former practice as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Horner limits his current practice at MSM exclusively to concussion management.
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