Cheerleading is the act of inspiring motivation and cheer in sports spectators. A combination of rhythmic cheers, dancing, and gymnastic routines are used, which have become progressively more elaborate as the sport has grown. It is common for cheerleaders to perform dazzling aerial routines that are sometimes said to be the highlight of an event, as apposed to the central sport being played at the time. Cheerleading has become remarkably popular across the world, and many cheerleading events are held that are the focus of the occasion, not relating to any sports game at all.
It is not often considered that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport the world over, with more severe injuries than any other modern sport in the world. It has often been stated that cheerleading is an underappreciated skill, and although it is a highly popular, and receives great attention worldwide, it is sometimes underestimated the immense athletic prowess required to perform cheerleading routines. Severe injuries are common, and a number of deaths have even occurred. In one notable case a cheerleader continued to perform her routine as she was taken away on a stretcher with fractured vertebrae.
When tournaments are held that grade the skills of cheerleading squads, there is a highly competitive atmosphere. These events can be bet on, with bet makers predicting which squad will score the highest grade, and which squads will advance to the professional levels. Cheerleading squads are rated on the aesthetic appeal of their routines, as well as how elaborate the routines are. The squads that receive the highest scores are those that perform dazzling routines while still keeping visual appeal as a central theme.
High level professional Cheerleading is mainly based around the United States, but bet making is possible for cheerleading events the world over. The tournaments and events may be watched via live web streams, which will be offered by the best online bookmakers. Betting options offered are generally fixed odds on which cheerleading squad will give an outstanding performance, and which will win overall. More focused bets allow the prediction of the exact scores that specific cheerleading squads will receive.
In earlier times cheerleading was no more than a group of women, who danced and sang, with little to no sophisticated choreographing of any kind. This changed in 1950 when an official cheerleading association was formed. Dance routines began to be more elaborate, although cheerleading squads were still exclusively women. In the 1970s a cheerleading squad for the Dallas Cowboys received widespread attention for using professional dancing techniques that had never been seen before. It was not until the 1980s, however, that the elaborate and death defying modern gymnastics routines were used and forming a amazing sideline for racing betting action.
Today there is hardly a professional sports team in the United States that does not have a cheerleading squad. Plus, exclusive cheerleading events are held to determine which cheerleaders will feature in professional squads. The televised cheerleading events themselves are often as watched, and as popular, as the sporting games for which the cheerleaders will perform.