Is Cheer leading a sport?

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The debate about whether cheer leading was a sport did not offer too many differing opinions. The overall feeling was that competitive cheer is a sport, meanwhile sideline cheer is not. One article I read on gave support for why it is a sport and one thing that stood out to me was that it said regarding competitive cheer that  “It is a physical activity that is governed by rules under which a winner can be declared and its primary purpose is to compare the skills of participants”. To me this is the basic foundation of a sport and people often underestimate the amount of physical activity that cheer requires. They put in a lot of practice time and training just like other sports, and sometimes the risk of injury can be greater depending on the type of cheer they are doing. In an article on they detailed some of the required physical tasks. For example it states, “at the University of Alabama: all cheerleaders, at the very minimum, must to be able to do a standing back handspring and a standing back tuck, which is a flip with no hands”. This is an interesting fact and something I believe a lot of people overlook. I have been an athlete my whole and train year round, but could not even come close to doing this. I think that a main reason why cheer is not seen as sport by some people, is simply due to the fact that what they see is mostly sideline cheer and girls just standing on the field or court cheering for players. The competitive side of cheer is not very well known by the general public and does not get a lot of notice by the casual sports fan.