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  • Data Shows Overall Sports/Fitness/Physical Activity Participation Dropped Last Year

    Overall participation in U.S. sports, fitness and related physical activity leveled or slightly dropped from ’10 to ’11, according to recent data from SGMA. Individual, team and winter sports lost 1% of participants, while racquet sports lost 2%. Among team sports, wrestling saw the sharpest drop, down 22.3% from last year. Gymnastics saw the biggest jump among team sports (+9.2%). Listed below are participation levels for select sports over the last three years. Online interviews were conducted during January and February among a sample size of 38,172 (SGMA).

    U.S. SPORTS PARTICIPATION AMONG INDIVIDUALS AGES 6+
    SPORT
    '11 (000)
    '10 (000)
    1-YR % +/-
    '09 (000)
    2-YR % +/-
    AEROBIC ACTIVITIES
    Running/jogging
    50,061
    46,650
    7.3%
    42,511
    17.8%
    High-impact aerobics
    15,755
    14,567
    8.2%
    12,771
    23.4%
    Stationary cycling (group)
    8,738
    7,854
    11.3%
    6,762
    29.2%
    CONDITIONING ACTIVITIES
    Yoga
    22,107
    20,998
    5.3%
    18,934
    16.8%
    INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
    Bowling
    53,906
    56,585
    -4.7%
    57,972
    -7.0%
    Golf
    25,682
    26,122
    -1.7%
    27,103
    -5.2%
    RACQUET SPORTS
    Tennis
    17,772
    18,719
    -5.1%
    18,546
    -4.2%
    Racquetball
    4,357
    4,603
    -5.3%
    4,784
    -8.9%
    TEAM SPORTS
    Basketball
    24,790
    25,156
    -1.5%
    25,131
    -1.4%
    Outdoor soccer
    13,667
    13,883
    -1.6%
    13,957
    -2.1%
    Baseball
    13,561
    14,198
    -4.5%
    14,429
    -6.0%
    Slow-pitch softball
    7,809
    8,477
    -7.9%
    9,180
    -14.9%
    Indoor volleyball
    6,662
    7,315
    -8.9%
    7,737
    -13.9%
    Tackle Football
    6,448
    6,850
    -5.9%
    7,243
    -11.0%
    Flag Football
    6,325
    6,660
    -5.0%
    6,932
    -8.8%
    Ultimate frisbee
    4,868
    4,571
    6.5%
    4,636
    5.0%
    Gymnastics
    4,824
    4,418
    9.2%
    3,952
    22.1%
    Indoor soccer
    4,631
    4,920
    -5.9%
    4,825
    -4.0%
    Track & field
    4,341
    4,383
    -1.0%
    4,480
    -3.1%
    Fast-pitch softball
    2,400
    2,513
    -4.5%
    2,476
    -3.1%
    Ice hockey
    2,131
    2,140
    -0.4%
    2,018
    5.6%
    Wrestling
    1,971
    2,536
    -22.3%
    3,170
    -37.8%
    Lacrosse
    1,501
    1,423
    5.5%
    1,162
    29.2%
    WINTER SPORTS
    Skiing (downhill/alpine)
    10,853
    11,212
    -3.2%
    10,633
    2.1%
    Snowboarding
    7,888
    7,809
    1.0%
    7,290
    8.2%
               

    SOUNDS EXPENSIVE: The N.Y. TIMES looks at the growing marketplace for youth sports under the header, "Big Price Tags Attached To Even The Littlest Leagues," as "some parents now pay tens of thousands of dollars a year for youth sports." As of this morning, the story was among the most-read and most-emailed stories on NYTIMES.com (THE DAILY).

     

     

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