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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 47


Indicator 47. Athletics and Exercise


Percent of high school seniors who participate in sports, athletics or exercise, by sex: 1980 to 1994

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         Sex and activity           1980   1986  1988  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994
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Actively participate in sports,
  athletics or exercising
   Every day or almost every day .. 47.3   44.4  43.6  46.0  45.9  45.6  43.8  45.2
   At least once a week ........... 25.2   23.8  23.8  24.3  24.4  25.8  23.5  23.6
   Once or twice a month .......... 12.5   13.5  14.9  11.6  12.3  11.5  13.2  13.5
   A few times a year .............  9.8   11.4  10.9  10.3  10.5   9.6  11.4  10.2
   Never ..........................  5.2    6.8   6.7   7.8   6.9   7.5   8.1   7.5

Exercise vigorously\1\
   Every day ...................     ---   19.5  19.3  20.2  19.8  22.2  20.9  20.6
   Almost every day ...............  ---   16.3  14.9  15.2  17.4  15.5  13.6  15.7
   Most days ...................     ---   16.1  15.1  18.3  14.0  16.2  16.1  16.5
   Sometimes ...................     ---   24.4  25.8  23.2  25.3  24.0  24.5  22.4
   Seldom .....................      ---   18.4  18.6  16.5  17.1  16.0  18.2  18.2
   Never ..........................  ---    5.3   6.3   6.6   6.3   6.1   6.7   6.5


               Males
Actively participate in sports,
athletics or exercising
   Almost everyday ................ 56.7   54.2  57.0  55.8  54.7  58.6  54.8  55.6
   At least once a week ........... 22.8   21.6  21.1  23.2  22.4  20.0  21.1  23.8
   Once or twice a month .......... 10.4    9.9  10.3   8.2   9.5   8.1   9.0   8.6
   A few times a year .............  6.5    8.7   6.7   7.4   7.3   7.1   8.9   6.6
   Never ..........................  3.6    5.5   4.8   5.3   6.1   6.1   6.1   5.5

Exercise vigorously (jogging,
  swimming, calisthenics, or
  other active sports)               ---
   Every day ...................     ---   25.5  27.6  27.4  23.8  30.8  28.7  26.8
   Almost every day ...............  ---   20.1  18.7  17.5  21.5  19.4  15.3  18.7
   Most days ...................     ---   17.2  15.8  19.1  14.0  15.5  15.7  15.5
   Sometimes ...................     ---   18.7  21.6  19.4  22.6  18.2  21.3  19.6
   Seldom .....................      ---   14.1  12.0  11.3  12.8  11.5  13.4  12.6
   Never ..........................  ---    4.5   4.2   5.3   5.3   4.7   5.6   6.8


              Females
Actively participate in sports,
  athletics or exercising
   Every day or almost every day .. 37.6   35.6  30.6  34.1  36.4  32.6  32.9  35.5
   At least once a week ........... 27.8   25.8  27.0  26.2  26.1  31.8  26.3  24.1
   Once or twice a month .......... 14.9   17.4  19.5  15.2  15.5  14.7  17.0  17.9
   A few times a year ............. 13.0   13.3  14.5  13.7  14.0  12.3  14.1  13.5
   Never ..........................  6.7    7.9   8.4  10.8   8.0   8.7   9.7   8.9

Exercise vigorously\1\
   Every day ...................     ---   14.3  11.8  12.2  15.5  14.6  13.9  15.1
   Almost every day ...............  ---   12.6  11.4  12.3  13.5  11.8  12.2  12.8
   Most days ...................     ---   15.2  14.4  17.6  14.0  17.1  16.3  17.5
   Sometimes ...................     ---   29.8  29.5  27.5  28.4  29.0  27.3  25.2
   Seldom .....................      ---   22.3  24.8  22.4  21.2  20.4  22.7  23.3
   Never ..........................  ---    5.7   8.1   7.8   7.3   7.0   7.6   6.0

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/1/ Includes jogging, swimming, calisthenics, or other active sports.

-Data not available.

SOURCE: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Monitoring the Future, various years.

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