Table 3

 Comparison of data for high school and college cheerleaders

High school6 (n = 425)College (n = 184)
Where applicable, the values are mean (SD).
Age (years)16.3 (2.6)20.2 (1.8)
Cheerleading experience (years)4.1 (2.6)6.6 (2.2)
    1–3 years (%)47.70.0
    4–6 years (%)35.242.4
    7–9 years (%)11.346.6
    10+ years (%)11.0
Ever injured, yes (%)61.978.0
Total career injuries3.8 (3.6)3.5 (3.1)
Number of injuries last year1.7 (1.9)1.0 (0.91)
    0 injuries (%)58.854.5
    1–2 injuries (%)23.824.4
    3–4 injuries (%)8.918.8
    5+ injuries (%)8.716.7
Days missed last year1.6 (3.0)1.8 (2.2)
    0 days (%)58.854.5
    1–2 days (%)25.026.7
    3–4 days (%)9.23.3
    5+ days (%)7.116.7
Treated by doctor (%)78.186.7
Required surgery (%)12.040.0
Annual practice days233 (65.8)205 (61.5)
    120–160 days (%)13.719.4
    161–252 days (%)45.354.8
    252+ days (%)41.025.8
Practice length (hours)2.0 (0.71)2.8 (0.70)
    0–1 hours (%)6.30.0
    1–1.5 hours (%)16.91.2
    1.5–2 hours (%)32.326.5
    2–2.5 hours (%)15.418.1
    2.5+ hours (%)29.054.2