09.16.131:55 PM ET

Most Dangerous Sport for Women? Cheerleading

Causes 70 percent of injuries for college females.

Do cheerleaders need to put the pom-poms away and take out helmets? As the sport has become increasingly competitive, it’s also gotten more dangerous. According to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics, cheerleading makes up a significant number of injuries resulting in permanent disability: 66 percent for female high school students and 70 percent for female college athletes. The study seems to be from last year, but it’s still relevant to the country’s 3.6 million cheerleaders. As noted by The Telegraph, high school and college cheerleading injuries climbed from about 5,000 in 1980 to about 26,000 in 2007.