To Injury Recovery and Beyond

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Cheer has been a huge part of my life ever since I was little. I’ve always taken it very seriously while still enjoying every second of it. Through my cheer career, there have been times where I’ve had to set aside the thing I love most for my health to come first. Although it can feel heartbreaking to take a break from cheering, it was necessary.

A couple years ago, I broke my collarbone. Although I wasn’t able to stunt or do jumps, I was still there on the field, cheering my heart out in a sling.

Recently, I was hospitalized with heart issues. Although I am no longer in the hospital and I am on the path to recovery, there are still limitations and restrictions that I have to follow. I want to recover quickly and safely.

While realizing, just like everyone, I do have some limitations after certain health events, I can take my initial recovery process and apply it to my current healing.  I realized that my collar bone recovery was similar to my current recovery. My aim is to heal my heart and my body fully. My heart has been injured just like my collarbone and it will take lots of rest in order to heal properly.

While this was a tough time for an injury right before the next Cheer Season kick off, knowing I am limited on what I can do only gives me something to work towards and inspires me to stay healthy. Cheer leading means the world to me and is something I never want to stop doing. I plan on doing everything in my power to ensure I am back to happy, healthy, and cheering my heart out. It helps me to remember for anyone, determination is key! Read this Cheer Blog by one of our other Athletes for more tips on having a tough mentality.

Some advice I have for cheerleaders that may have had an injury or any limitation is to trust in the healing process. Although it may seem like the end of the world, an injury isn’t the worst thing, read here for tips from pro athletes on the best route in recovery. Stay patient and positive in the recovery period and you’ll come out stronger than you ever knew.

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Gracie Nelson

Gracie Nelson has been cheering for the Paso Robles Bearcats for 8 years. Cheerleading is one of her favorite things and she is so thankful to be apart of such a wonderful and uplifting sport.

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