It's not every day you see a major ESPN telecast come to a halt because of a cheerleader.
But on Tuesday night, a break in the action was definitely warranted after a Spartans cheerleader took a nasty spill during a timeout in a game between the Florida State Seminoles and Michigan State Spartans.
The good news, according to The Detroit News, is that the fallen cheerleader is okay. Taylor Young, a 20-year-old Michigan native, is in stable condition at a local hospital.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis confirmed that Young is doing just fine, saying, "She's OK."
Needless to say, this is a huge relief. When ESPN showed Young's fall on replay after coming back from a TV timeout, it didn't look good. There was a kind of domino effect in which one of the other Spartans cheerleaders lost her balance, and that caused the male cheerleader who was holding Young up to lose his grip on her.
She fell face-first on the floor at midcourt.
Young was tended to by medical personnel for several minutes. Eventually, she was strapped to a backboard and had her head immobilized. Thankfully, she was able to give the crowd two thumbs up as she was being wheeled out of the arena.
This is about the extent of what we know about Young's situation right now, but it sounds like she's no worse for wear. She should thank her lucky stars for that, as the accident she was in certainly could have resulted in a major injury.
Say what you will, but cheerleading is not easy, folks. Nor is it safe.
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