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Cheerleader who suffered horrific fall at Magic game is in stable condition

Nov 14, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

Knicks Magic Basketball AP

Hey, paramedics aren’t supposed to smile as they’re wheeling someone out on a stretcher, are they? Former University of Central Florida cheerleader Jamie Woode, 31, a member of the Orlando Magic Dance Team, hit the deck, hard, during a routine on Tuesday night, where she reportedly hit her head on the floor. The Magic released a statement today in which her family said she’s expected to make a full recovery. So that’s good.

Woode lost her footing and fell to the floor during a routine between the first and second quarter of the Magic’s 99-89 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

In a statement released by the Magic on Wednesday, the family says she suffered three vertebrae fractures and a broken rib. But there were no signs of neurological damage.

Another stark reminder that cheerleading is more dangerous than you think. In fact, a 2008 study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina found that cheerleaders accounted for 65 percent of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high school athletics. Surprising, since they make up only 12 percent of total participants.

The last scary cheerleader fall like this that I can recall occurred at Michigan State in Nov. of 2011.