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    Unhappy Cheerleader dies after kick to chest during competition

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/bre...eaders_de.html
    "We hope her death will shed light on the inherent risks of cheerleading," sister Nancy Chang said, reading a statement through tears at a news conference outside Newton North High School.
    Lauren Chang died Monday, a day after she collapsed during a performance at the Minuteman Cheerleading Championships in Worcester. It appears that her lungs collapsed following a kick to the chest, authorities have said. (more plus pic at link)

    http://wbztv.com/local/cheerleader.k....2.702670.html
    "It was her life. It was her life," said Kim England with Energize Athletics. "She loved cheerleading."

    Chang was performing with members of the Energy Cheer team at an event that had attracted more than 60 other cheerleading teams.

    Oddly enough, the team won first place trophies for the same fateful performance that killed their teammate.

    "Lauren would never have wanted us to stop, and that's what we're doing for her," England said. (more at link)

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    omgsh how sad!
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    Sad....prayers for the family!

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    Gosh, we just did little fun routines. This is a whole different thing when you get to competitions. I am chicken and hope my kids don't want to be a part of it.

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    Gosh, that is so sad. My daughter was a cheerleader in high school and even did the "competition" thing. It is getting very competitive these days. I really have more respect for cheerleaders after watching my daughter practice her heart out. She is very small and always ended up on top or in the air...scared me to death.

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    This is so sad. My daughter and I loved watching "Cheerleader Nation" on Lifetime about the Dunbar HS squad from Lexington, KY who win Nationals every year...it was really amazing but I was always thinking I'd be so frightened if my daughter was out there, especially if she was a "flyer", one of the girls like Browneyes' daughter was.

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    Sad isn't the word for this. No child should die when competing in sports. My best to her family and teamates.

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    All sports have moments where everything can change in an instant, this was one of those freak accidents. I'll be praying for them.

    My daughter is a soccer goalie, and it scares me, she plays on a classic team and is one of the few that wears head gear - I hope that begins to change. Once they get to 12 or so those balls fly so hard and so do the feet and even though it's illegal to keep kicking once the goalie has it in their hands, we've seen kids kicking up by the head, we've seen concussions from collissions in front of the net. I try and decrease the risk as much as possible.

    It's going to be hard for the girl that kicked her teammate/friend accidentally, to ever get over this.

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    Yeah, even with our kids in Little League we have bat and ball incidents that could be fatal.

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    Oh no. This poor kid. Poor family. I can't even imagine the pain these people are experiencing. Cheerleading is a sport. They need better guidlines and safety measures. This has been a huge issue in the past ten years or more. Yep, accidents can happen in any sport. Unfortunately this poor kid was involved in a fatal one. TM, I'm like you back in the day. Still I had two concussions, and ruptured two discs over the years. We paracticed without mats. I hate when guys say this isn't a sport and it's just a bunch of screaming chica's. Prayers for this dear family and this young girl.


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    This is every parents and probably every cheerleaders worst fear, besides falling that is.
    Prayers to the victims family and friends.

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    Yikes, my niece is a cheerleader/swimmer...so was my Mom in her day. She used to say that she couldn't believe how different cheerleading was when my sister was a cheerleader, but jeez, it's even scarier now then it was back in the 70's. The routines they do now are just amazingly difficult and scary...

    Wow...all it takes is that one moment in time for an accident to happen.

    My heart goes out to this girl's family. What a horrible thing to have happened.

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    I coach sideline cheerleading and competitive cheerleading and am here to tell you that it is so much more dangerous than people think. We've had flyers (the ones that are tossed into the air) fall on their head and back and everything else. Luckily there has only been some stiffness afterwards and no significant injuries. Scares me to death when it happens...but those little girls just get up and keep on trucking. We now have safety breifings before practice and stress the point that the bases must not step out of the mound, they must catch their flyer at all cost! It is not just the rah, rah, rah of the past. Hopefully someday cheerelading will get the recognition it deserves for being a true sport.

    I feel so bad for this family. I hope they can heal.

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    How sad for the family. My niece competed in cheerleading all through school and I can't imagine any family having to lose their dd to what should be a fun day. Prayers to the family.

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    Very sad....

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