Pompoms and Peril; Trivia Pursuit

Reviews of Cheerleading and the Law: Risk Management Strategies and EA Sports' GameShow.

Pompoms and Peril
Ooa 708 AbSouthern 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.
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Trivia Pursuit
Game Showlogo 708 AbPut 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.

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