Schools should inform the State Office when a catastrophic athletic injury occurs. This includes injuries to cheerleaders. Many important decisions (rule changes, equipment changes, insurance rates, etc.) are based on this data.
Examples are the swimming/diving and pole vault rule changes that have been implemented as a result of the catastrophic injury reports.
Catastrophic injuries are:
2. Permanent disability injuries
3. Serious injuries (fractured neck or serious head injuries) even though the athlete has a full recovery.
4. Temporary or transient paralysis (Athlete has no movement for a short time but has a complete recovery.)