Reviews of Cheerleading and the Law: Risk Management Strategies and EA Sports' GameShow.
Pompoms and Peril
Southern Illinois University cheerleader Kristi Yamaoka's 15-foot fall from the top of a human pyramid during a 2006 basketball game significantly increased safety awareness in cheerleading circles and showed why cheerleading at all levels requires a risk-management plan for falls and other unforeseen accidents, according to the authors of Cheerleading and the Law: Risk Management Strategies (Carolina Academic Press, $22, paperback). Authors Herb Appenzeller, co-editor of the sports-law newsletter From the Gym to the Jury; Frederick Mueller, director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research; and Elizabeth Appenzeller, a former collegiate cheerleader and now a cheerleading camp director, offer guidelines and strategies for creating safer environments. They also cite several case studies involving both cheerleaders and mascots, provide insurance coverage information and offer safety checklists.
Put all of that sports minutia you've acquired over the years to the test on the new, free EA Sports GameShow, touted by the video-game company as the only live-hosted interactive online sports trivia experience. Featuring daily updated programming, each trivia session consists of 15 multiple-choice questions and is broadcast from studios in Orlando, Fla. Players from all over the country compete for top scores and prizes that include Electronic Arts video games, T-shirts and iPods by correctly answering questions such as "During what year did the Yankees win the World Series for the fourth of four consecutive titles in the 1930s?" (Answer: 1939) and "What is the name of Boston College's mascot?" (Baldwin) New sessions begin every 15 minutes at eagameshow.com.