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Marc 01-28-2009 05:19 PM

Court rules cheerleading is contact sport
From the WTF department...

Court rules cheerleading is contact sport

Associated Press
Updated: January 27, 2009, 2:27 PM ET

MADISON, Wis. -- High school cheerleading is a contact sport and therefore its participants cannot be sued for accidentally causing injuries, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a case being closely watched in the cheerleading world.

The court ruled that a former high school cheerleader cannot sue a teammate who failed to stop her fall while she was practicing a stunt.

The court also said the injured cheerleader cannot sue her school district.

Justice Annette Ziegler said cheerleading involves "a significant amount of physical contact between the cheerleaders."

The National Cheer Safety Foundation said the decision is the first of its kind in the nation.

At issue in the case was whether cheerleaders qualify for immunity under a Wisconsin law that prevents participants in contact sports from suing each other for unintentional injuries.

Not sure cheerleading is a contact sport, let alone a sport... :lol:

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