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Is cheerleading a sport? Answer still up in the air

Posted: December 30, 2013 at 3 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS 11/21/13 - Benton Cheerleaders practice competition routines as well as game routines at Benton High School November 21, 2013. The girls' cheer practice takes place for 3 hours with warm ups and then practicing the steps and timing of various routines.

It requires strength, balance, technique and teamwork; results in sprains, fractures and the occasional knee surgery; encompasses recruiters, governing bodies and national champions. But should cheerleading, or “cheer,” be considered a sport?

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