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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 41


Indicator 41. Sports Participation


Percent of population 7 years old and over participating in sports activities in the past year, by age: 1986 to 1994

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                            |           1986             |           1990           |           1994
                            |----------------------------|--------------------------|---------------------------
          Activity          |7 years | 12- to |  18- to  |7 years | 12- to | 18- to |7 years | 12- to  | 18- to
                            |  old   |17-year-| 24-year- |  old   |17-year-|24-year-|  old   |17-year- |34-year-
                            |and over|  olds  | olds\1\  |and over|  olds  |olds\1\ |and over|  olds   |olds\1\
----------------------------|--------|--------|----------|--------|--------|--------|--------|---------|--------
                                                         |                          |
Aerobic exercising\2\ ......    10.2     11.5       16.4 |   10.4      9.4     17.6 |   10.0       5.0     17.3
Backpacking ................     3.7      7.6        5.8 |    4.8      6.2      6.3 |    4.2       6.5      6.4
Baseball ...................     6.5     23.8        9.4 |    6.9     22.9      9.4 |    6.5      18.9      5.1
Basketball .................     9.9     35.4       16.8 |   11.7     41.4     17.2 |   12.1      36.3     14.9
Bicycle riding\2\ ..........    23.1     47.5       23.9 |   24.6     45.0     24.5 |   21.4      42.7     19.7
                                                         |                          |
Calisthenics\2\ ............     6.7     14.1        8.8 |    5.9     10.7      7.0 |    3.6       5.7      4.8
Camping ....................    19.2     26.0       20.9 |   20.6     27.3     20.7 |   18.4      25.4     20.8
Exercise walking\2\ ........    24.9     13.4       22.4 |   31.8     16.9     25.2 |   30.4      12.9     28.4
Exercising\2\ ..                14.9     20.8       26.8 |   15.7     16.2     25.0 |   18.8      14.0     27.0
Fishing-fresh water ........    19.0     24.2       20.7 |   18.5     21.8     20.0 |   17.4      21.1     19.5
                                                         |                          |
Fishing-salt water .........     5.7      5.8        5.5 |    5.5      6.6      6.4 |    4.9       4.7      5.3
Football ...................     5.6     23.4       10.8 |    6.4     25.5     12.4 |    6.7      22.6      9.1
Golf .......................     9.3      8.8       11.8 |   10.2      7.9     11.2 |   10.6       8.6     13.3
Hiking .....................     7.9     10.7        9.9 |    9.8      9.5      8.6 |   10.9      12.8     13.2
Hunting/shooting firearms ..     9.6     12.4       13.4 |    8.2     10.6     11.3 |    7.0       9.7      9.0
                                                         |                          |
Racquetball ................     3.6      5.0        8.3 |    3.6      3.1      9.0 |    2.3       2.0      4.9
Running/jogging\2\ .........    10.8     23.2       18.8 |   10.6     22.8     17.2 |    8.8      15.5     14.1
Skiing-alpine/downhill .....     4.5      9.0        9.8 |    5.1     10.2     10.4 |    4.6       5.1      7.8
Skiing-cross country .......     2.2      2.9        1.9 |    2.3      2.5      2.2 |    1.5       2.1      1.5
Soccer .....................     3.8     16.3        2.9 |    4.9     18.7      4.1 |    5.4      16.1      3.6
                                                         |                          |
Softball ...................     9.7     22.1       15.9 |    8.9     19.3     13.5 |    7.8      16.3     11.1
Swimming\2\ ................    33.8     56.0       41.8 |   30.0     52.8     38.1 |   25.9      42.6     25.9
Tennis .....................     8.4     19.1       16.9 |    8.2     18.4     15.3 |    5.0       9.5      7.2
Volleyball .................     9.7     24.5       18.5 |   10.3     28.5     18.4 |    7.5      19.3     11.9
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/1/ Data are not available in same age categories for each year.

/2/ Participant engaged in activity at least six times in the year.

SOURCE: National Sporting Goods Association, Sports Participation in 1986, Series I; and Sports Participation in 1988- 1991, Series I; and unpublished data.

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