UF grounds cheerleaders after Orlando Magic performer injured

Published On: Nov 20 2012 08:38:37 AM EST
Updated On: Nov 20 2012 10:46:26 AM EST

A member of the Orlando Magic Stunt Team fell off a teammate's shoulders during Tuesday night's game at the Amway Center and came crashing to the hard wood floor, possibly landing on her head.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

University of Florida cheerleaders have been grounded.

UF officials told cheerleaders on Nov. 16 they could no longer perform acrobatic stunts and tumble during games. The decision came days after an Orlando Magic cheerleader was injured during a performance at a basketball game.

University officials said they took a proactive stance "to protect the cheerleaders" instead of waiting for a tragedy to occur.

Cheerleaders disappointed that they couldn't tumble at their last home game of the season took their protest to social media, tweeting under the hashtag  #UngroundUFCheer.

Athletic association spokesman Steve McClain told The Gainesville Sun that the danger associated with acrobatic stunts is "simply not worth the risk to the cheerleaders or to the University of Florida."

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