The dangers of cheerleading and mixed martial arts

7702160.thbYou may be surprised to learn that the most dangerous sport for young female athletes is not a contact sport like field or ice hockey, but in fact cheerleading.

Michael O’Brien, MD, of the Division of Sports Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, weighs in on cheerleading and the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), and answers some of the more common questions parents are asking.