Injuries cause problems


Natascha Mercadante

Junior Je’Miracle McCoy watches from the sidelines due to a cheer-related injury.

OUCH! That hurt!

Several school cheerleaders were or still are injured this season alone.

Junior Je’Miracle McCoy tore her anterior cruciate ligament on her right knee, most commonly known as the ACL. One of the most common ways to tear one’s ACL is by overstretching it.

“I was doing a standing back tuck, and I landed wrong,” McCoy said. “Then my knee blew out.”

This injury will not allow her to cheer competitively at the National Cheer Association, or NCA.

NCA is a competition at the national level that cheer squads around the nation compete at.

Senior Rainy Sanford fractured her foot. Although she didn’t injure it while cheerleading it still hurt her and her tumbling while competing.

“I could’ve done better [at regionals],” Sanford said.

Another tumbler who was hurt while competing at regionals is sophomore Kayla Feil who injured her left leg.

“I tore something at regionals while tumbling,” Feil said. “The doctor said it could be tendonitis.”

For those who aren’t aware of tendonitis, it’s the inflammation or swelling of a tendon, typically caused as a result of an injury or overuse.

Junior Maddie Bacon had a procedure known as lateral release done to her left knee October 3.

“They went in with a scope and released the tissue so my knee cap would go back on its track,” Bacon said.  “It wasn’t on track and it was on the outside of my knee rubbing my MCL and my cartilage away.”

MCL is the abbreviated form of medial collateral ligament. This ligament helps keep the knee joint stable.

Because of her injury, Bacon was unable to tumble or jump at regionals.

Although some injuries are far more drastic and painful than others, in cheerleading all injuries hurt the team in the same way; especially during competitions.

Although the team placed seventh at state, most agreed that they could’ve done much better.

At state, one of the main things that will get a team points is tumbling.

“The more you tumble, the more [points] you get,” McCoy said.

Junior Brianna Tullous, worked through the pain of her chipped collarbone and tried her hardest while cheering at state.

Next up for the DHS Cheerleading team is NCA. Preparing themselves is a challenge as they do have multiple injured people on the team that are incapable of performing the original routine.

“We can’t practice as well as we use to,” Feil said.

Practicing is essential to prepare for any event or competition, and Feil knows this.

All these injuries are obstacles that come with a season of work and dedication to make it to state. Something that hasn’t been accomplished in three years.