Feeds

Cheerleading can kill: official

When pom-poms attack

High performance access to file storage

We're not quite sure what to make of this one, but feel it is in the public interest to report that any reader interested in taking up cheerleading as a fun alternative to IT would do well to check that their health insurance policy covers them for dangerous sports.

That's because a report in the journal Pediatrics shows that between 1990 and 2002, cheerleader injuries treated in US A&E rooms doubled to a staggering 208,800 - mostly for "leg, ankle and foot injuries", as the Boston Herald explains.

The reason is pretty simple - the increase in cheerleading injuries is "attributable to the bungling of tougher stunts" as the Pediatrics study puts it, before adding that cheerleading has “evolved from a school-spirit activity into an activity demanding high levels of gymnastics skill and athleticism".

For a properly scientific explanation, though, let's allow the Boston Herald to shake its linguistic pom-pom: "Blame it on cutthroat-competitive films such as Bring it On and former Los Angeles Lakers Girl Paula Abdul, whose dance moves at center court revolutionized sis boom bah into sexsational badabing."

We couldn't have put it better ourselves. Finally, and for any reader who thinks that a couple of twisted ankles really does not merit the attention of El Reg, note the sad case of 14-year-old Ashley Burns of Medford Vocational Technical High School, who, while at a private cheeleading school with fellow Medford High Mustangs, "fell on her stomach and ruptured her spleen. An hour later, she was dead." ®

And the IT angle?

None that spring to mind, but who can begrudge us taking the opportunity to reprint the quite sensational "revolutionized sis boom bah into sexsational badabing"? Lovers of English rejoice.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.