Terrifying NFL Cheerleader Injury

Terrifying NFL Cheerleader Injury

They're known for eye-popping acrobatic stunts, but Sunday one of these stunts went horribly wrong.

An NFL cheerleader landed on her neck and lay crying and hyperventilating. It happened at the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans game Sunday.

The Ravens cheerleader was treated for head and neck injuries for more than ten minutes, but she never let go of her pom-pom.

She was given a standing ovation as she was taken off the field on a stretcher, her head and neck in a brace. 

The incident was an echo of the horrific fall suffered by Orlando Magic cheerleader Jamie Woode in 2012, when she broke a rib and three vertebrae.

Woode spoke to INSIDE EDITION about the fall, saying, "A lot goes through your mind during that time. All you do at that point is try to focus on what they are telling you, breathing, and staying as still as possible so they can do what they need to do to help you out."

See More of Woode's Interview with INSIDE EDITION

Woode became famous for the brave gesture of waving to fans as she was cheered off the court.

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent said to Woode, "To see you wave your hands really was an amazing thing."

"I was nervous my parents were watching on TV and I didn't want them getting scared and upset waiting for that phone call. It was a message for fans, friends, and everybody," replied Woode.

Cheerleading can be an increasingly dangerous sport. Some 37,000 cheerleaders are treated in emergency rooms every year for concussions, broken bones, and other injuries.

The injured cheerleader has not been identified. It's a second blow to the Ravens cheerleaders in recent days. Last week, former squad member Molly Shattuck, the oldest cheerleader in NFL history, was charged with raping a 15-year-old boy. She has pled not guilty.

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