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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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