NBA cheerleader Jamie Woode of the Orlando Magic was hurt after falling during a jumping routine she was performing during Tuesday night’s game between the Magic and New York Knicks that left spectators in the Amway Arena cringing.
Woode was injured after she fell on her head on the court when she tried jumping on the shoulders of her male partner.
Some fans thought Woode was left paralyzed after the fall, but the NBA cheerleader was moving her hands and feet as she lay on the court while medical personnel tended to her.
The Magic website said the cheerleader suffered three vertebrate fractures and a broken rib in the fall but luckily she did not sustain any neurological damage.
Woode was eventually put in a brace to stabilize her neck and was led out of the Amway Center in Orlando on a gurney. The crowd cheered as Woode wiggled her hands to show spectators she was OK.
Yahoo! Sports identified Woode as a former cheerleader at the University of Central Florida.
The Orlando Magic only identified her by her first name in a statement about the incident that indicated Woode is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries.
“Orlando Magic Stunt Team Member Jamie and her family wish to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.,” the team said on its website Wednesday. “She is in stable condition after suffering three vertebrae fractures and a broken rib while falling during a performance in the Magic's game against the Knicks on Tuesday night. She suffered no neurological damage and is expected to make a full recovery. She and her family respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
The Magic lost to the Knicks, 99-89. The victory for New York was the fifth consecutive for the Knicks to start the season, a feat accomplished only twice in the team's rich history.