WHAT'S THE MOST DANGEROUS SPORT?
It's not football... Cheerleaders suffer more catastrophic injuries than athletes in all other sports. . . COMBINED!
According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, 104 female athletes in high school and college suffered catastrophic injuries. . . head or spinal trauma, sometimes leading to death. . . between 1982 and 2005.
Cheerleading accounted for more of those injuries, at 58, than all of the other sports combined. Gymnastics had the second-most catastrophic injuries, at 11.
The main reason that cheerleading's so dangerous: The most extreme stunts that cheerleaders do have become standard issue. Stunts like lifting people up, throwing them in the air and having them flip down with no mats or real protection are all expected now.
Minor injuries are up too. . . there were 22,900 cheerleading-related injuries treated in ERs in 2002, more than double the number in 1990.
So, what do you do if your child is set on being a cheerleader? Talk to the coach of the team about any concerns you may have, and consult with your child's physician about precautions to take.
DANCING WITH THE STARS NOTES
Last night's Dancing With the Stars proved anything can happen when dancers perform the jive or tango. Previous leader Laila Ali dipped into a three-way tie for third place with last week's bottom scorer, Shandi Finnessey, and the ever-improving Billy Ray Cyrus. Leeza Gibbons tied for first in the judges' eyes with Joey Fatone, Ian Zierling and Heather Mills, who used a special prosthesis to aid her "bouncing" in the jive. Speed skater Apolo Anton Ono was a close second, and bringing up the rear were Cheers' John Ratzenberger and N-B-A Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler. The scores will be combined with the call-in and online voting to send home another couple during tonight's elimination show, which will also features performances by Josh Groban, Ciara and the '80s group Survivor.
FIVE THINGS TO AVOID DOING DURING A JOB INTERVIEW
No matter how large the company, job interviews are ALWAYS a little nerve-wracking. . . especially if you're not particularly good with words. Here are five things to avoid doing during a job interview...
1) DUCKING OUT EARLY. It's pretty safe to say that when you show up to the job interview... you're on the company's time... not your own. So don't constantly check your watch or give the impression that your time is somehow more valuable than the interviewer's.
2) LOOKING UNPROFESSIONAL. First impressions are KEY. Men should wear a necktie and nice slacks. And women should wear either a suit with a nice jacket, or a LONG skirt with a conservative top.
3) BEING *OVERLY* NERVOUS. It's natural to be nervous during an interview... but don't let it get in the way. Remember... you're trying to sell yourself.
4) BEING GREEDY. Don't ask about employee benefits such as time off... health insurance... or 401(k) options in the interview. That's moving WAY too quickly.
5) ACTING DESPERATE. Show enthusiasm, but don't make it seem like getting this job is the only thing that will keep you out of the homeless shelter. Obviously, the company saw something in you to give you the interview.
IS YOUR FAVORITE SHOW COMING BACK NEXT SEASON...
Here is a list of shows that has not yet been renewed for next season, and how likely it is to return.
Friday Night Lights
How I Met Your Mother
One Tree Hill
What About Brian
Close to Home
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Want to save your favorite show? The E Network is looking to help! Vote here on which show they should save!