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As the number of emergency room visits by cheerleaders who were hurt performing their craft exploded past 100 a day, on average, national regulators last month adopted "extensive" rules changes aimed at minimizing the risk of injury.

The changes adjusted rules regarding when cheerleaders will be able to release team members during transitions and inversions. Of particular concern to regulators was the top person in a cheering pyramid.

No longer will the top person while inverted be allowed to twist more than a one-quarter turn upon release or be able to perform a so-called swing roll-down stunt if they are being lowered in a facedown position.

"The Spirit Rules Committee takes risk minimization very seriously and looks at the rules for cheer and dance to ensure the most amount of success - from beginners to advanced - with minimal risk for all involved," according to James Weaver, of the National Federation of State High School Associations, cheerleading's regulatory body.

A new rules also bars a cheerleader from holding a prop when tumbling unless the exercise is being done on the playing surface.

The revised rules will take effect during the 2017-18 school year.

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