Title

Improvement of Athlete Experience at the High School Level in Cheerleading

Document Type

Poster

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

Cheerleading is an evolving sport that has not always involved the need for athleticism from the participants. In Washington State, cheerleading started as a rally program with the main goal of generating school spirit and has changed into a performing empire within the many high school programs, each one different from the next. There is now a need to ensure that athletes are provided with a safe and challenging athletic environment that allows for a growth-mindset in bettering their physical abilities. Currently, most cheerleading programs in Washington State for high schools do not require that the coach has any training regarding injury prevention, effective uses of coaching philosophies and goalsetting to name a few. The most common requirement is that the coaches have some experience as a cheerleader themselves. This project is a reference point and guide to research-based practices that have been shown to better improve a cheerleading program at the high school level within Washington State.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Judy Beard and Christina Denison

Department/Program

Health Sciences

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/improvement-of-athlete-experience-at-the-high-school-level-in-cheerleading/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Improvement of Athlete Experience at the High School Level in Cheerleading

Ellensburg

Cheerleading is an evolving sport that has not always involved the need for athleticism from the participants. In Washington State, cheerleading started as a rally program with the main goal of generating school spirit and has changed into a performing empire within the many high school programs, each one different from the next. There is now a need to ensure that athletes are provided with a safe and challenging athletic environment that allows for a growth-mindset in bettering their physical abilities. Currently, most cheerleading programs in Washington State for high schools do not require that the coach has any training regarding injury prevention, effective uses of coaching philosophies and goalsetting to name a few. The most common requirement is that the coaches have some experience as a cheerleader themselves. This project is a reference point and guide to research-based practices that have been shown to better improve a cheerleading program at the high school level within Washington State.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CEPS/59