Transcript for NBA Cheerleader Falls on Her Head During Orlando Magic Game
on the nba cheerleader who took a stunning plunge during a stunt. The incident is raising new questions about whet sport of cheering is too extreme. We want to say the cheerleader is fine. But the... See More
on the nba cheerleader who took a stunning plunge during a stunt. The incident is raising new questions about whet sport of cheering is too extreme. We want to say the cheerleader is fine. But the video is a little tough to watch. Abc's linsey davis with the story. Reporter: It's a routine cheerleading stunt gone terribly wrong. You see her leg get caught on his shoulder. And nothing there. Nothing to stop her. Reporter:30-year-old orlando magic stunt team cheerleader jamie woode lost her footing. And landing right on her head, breaking a rib and three vertebrae during an orlando magic game against the new york knicks tuesday night. Woode is now in stable condition. But her fall sheds light on the extreme stunts that are now the status quo for cheerleading on the big stage. Today's acrobatic stunts practically reach the ceiling. Flips nearly 20 feet in the air. Those nail-biting moves can carry dangerous consequences. Cheerleading is a the highest risk sport for a catastrophic head or neck injury. Reporter: Videos highlighting the injuries are all over youtube. Cheerleaders crash-landing after stunts gone wrong. Flipping from pyramids and stumbling out of control. Casey and corey braunstein aren't just sisters. They're share in competitive cheerleading. I tore my patella. I told my acl. Reporter: More than 37,000 cheerleaders went to the emergency room last year. That's four-times more than in 1980. The catastrophic injuries from all of the tumbling and flipping ranks second only to football. That's why the american academy of pediatrics is pushing to reduce the risk on these daredevil stunts. But for jamie woode, there was no losing her team spirit. Even as she left the court in a stretcher. For "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news, new york. And abc news reached out to the american association of cheerleading coaches. And they told us on the high school and college level, they have implemented a new set of rules just a few years ago that actually ban the type of pyramid they were doing at the magic game.
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