Oct 10, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs cheerleaders entertain fans during the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, it’s safer to play college football in the SEC than it is to be a cheerleader at the University of Georgia, where cheerleaders have reportedly suffered more concussions than the football players the past four years.

Jon Solomon of CBS Sports reported on this Tuesday morning.

Perhaps parents out there would be wise to think about alternative activities for their boys and girls than cheerleading, which is just as competitive as football. The men and women, boys and girls who immerse themselves in this sport travel across the nation to compete. They aren’t just there as an adornment when football and basketball games are being played.

And they often take tumbles, which makes what Ron Courson is saying about concussions fathomable.

But back to football versus other sports as it concerns head injuries. As if the cheerleading angle wasn’t stunning enough, Solomon had another stunner for us.

The one thing that must be emphatically stated here is that football players often fail to report their concussion symptoms.

The game of football is a testosterone-driven sport in which the weak are chewed up and spit out. And unfortunately, despite all the medical advancements in the science of brain trauma attached to the game of football, many players still feel like admitting they are “dinged up” is a show of weakness.

So these reports could be a bit skewed. However, they cannot be ignored. They are simply astonishing.

Perhaps everyone hammering the NCAA and NFL about failing to protect the players should take a step back and realize football is far from the worst when it comes to head trauma.

With that said, there are advancements being made in the fields of helmet construction and attachments to the pad structure of football players that could lessen the risk of concussions.  And those advancements should be implemented as soon as humanly possible.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.