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MEASURING SPORTS & EXERCISE PARTICIPATION

     Participation in different sports and exercise activities
was surveyed by the Nat'l Sporting Goods Association.  In-line
skating showed the highest-growth from '93 to '94 among the 53
sports surveyed.  In-line skating drew 19.5M participants in '94,
a 57% increase over '93 and roller hockey grew 50%.  The top 10
participating increases/decreases for 1994 follows:

BIGGEST INCREASES
BIGGEST DECREASES
ACTIVITY
% INCREASE
ACTIVITY
% DECREASE
In-line skating
57.20%
Calisthenics
21.00%
Roller hockey
50.3
Tennis
18.4
Canoeing
31
Volleyball
15.1
Hiking
30
Skateboarding
11.9
Power boating
27.6
Hunting w/guns
11.3
Exercise w/equip
25.5
Fishing
10.8
Soccer
21.8
Bowling
9.6
Snorkeling
21.1
Baseball
9.5
Billiards/Pool
15.6
Roller Skating (2X2)
8.9
Ice Hockey
14.5
Water Skiing
8.5409
OTHER STATS: A survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Assoc. measured an increase in participation in the following fitness categories from '87-93: Stair-climbing machines (974%), treadmills (348%), cross-country ski machines (132%), fitness walking (34%), free weights (27%), resistance machines (27%), stationary bicycles (17%), low-impact aerobics (13%) and swimming (3%) (SGMA).
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