What percentage of people living in the United States participates in sports and exercise activities on a given day? Has that changed over time? Who is more likely to exercise? What kinds of sports and exercise activities do people do? When do they exercise and play sports?
Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game
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Participation in School Athletics
Teens involved in contact sports were more likely to report concussions. Concussions have gotten a lot of attention in recent years, especially as professional football players' brains have shown signs of degenerative brain disease linked with repeated blows to the head. Now, a new analysis confirms what many doctors fear — that concussions start showing up at a high rate in teens who are active in contact sports. About 20 percent of teens said they have been diagnosed with at least one concussion.
Trends in the proportion of students participating to any degree in school athletic teams during the school year vary by grade level. Among eighth graders, participation rates remained steady from to , fluctuating from 67 to 69 percent. Among tenth graders, participation has been fairly constant since , ranging from 59 to 64 percent. Participation in school athletics among tenth graders was at 59 percent in Among twelfth graders, participation decreased slightly from to , from 56 to 53 percent.