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Orlando Magic cheerleader injures head in fall during game against New York Knicks

Jamie Woode, a former college cheerleader and Magic Stunt Team member, fell during a routine and is wheeled off the floor on a stretcher as she waves her arms to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. She was transferred to a nearby hospital. (John Raoux/AP)
Jamie Woode, a former college cheerleader and Magic Stunt Team member, fell during a routine and is wheeled off the floor on a stretcher as she waves her arms to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. She was transferred to a nearby hospital. (John Raoux/AP)

Jamie Woode, a member of the Orlando Magic's stunt team, fell from the arms of a male teammate during a routine in Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks.

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The game was stopped for about 10 minutes between the first and second quarter as Woode was wheeled off the court on a stretcher. As she left the court, she waved her arms to the crowd.

Woode, a 31-year-old former University of Central Florida cheerleader, was transferred to a nearby hospital. The Associated Press reported that she was breathing on her own and moving her arms and legs, according to paramedics who attended to her. 

"I think our thoughts and prayers should be acknowledged for the young lady who fell before we talk about a little game of basketball," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said after the game. "[We're] hoping and praying that she's OK. That's real life."

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Woode has a history of overcoming cheerleading-related injuries. While in college, she received recognition from a local congressman for competing in a competition with a broken fibula.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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