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UF cheerleaders take to Twitter to slam university ban

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(Photo: UF Cheer Facebook) (Photo: UF Cheer Facebook)
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A new rule at the University of Florida is nothing to cheer about, and students are voicing their complaints across social media.

Cheerleaders are now banned from tumbling and performing acrobatic stunts during games. It comes after an accident at an Orlando Magic basketball game a week ago.

A Magic cheerleader fell on her head during a halftime performance and had to be carted off the court.

She broke a rib and fractured three vertebrae. The university says it's taking a proactive stance to protect the cheerleaders instead of waiting for an accident to happen – like the one in Orlando.

The cheerleaders aren't happy about it, though. Some have even taken to Twitter to complain about the ban, using the hashtag "#UngroundUFCheer."

"It's a sad day in UF cheer history that we will no longer have the privilege to perform stunts and tumbling for Gator fans #ungroundUFcheer," tweeted cheerleader Haley Violetta.

"UF cheerleaders are no longer allowed to stunt and tumble … first we aren't a real sport now we are too dangerous? #what #UngroundUFCheer," another cheerleader, Liz Garcia, said on her Twitter account.

Senior Morgan Palmer tweeted: "This is unreal. This is unreal. This is not happening. This did not just happen. We know what we do is risky and that there is a ‘one in a million chance we might get hurt' but that's why we practice. #UngroundUFCheer"

After being criticized about the move all weekend on social media, the athletics department said this week that it's only trying to protect its athletes.

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