Teen Sport in America

Why Participation Matters

Published on January 24th, 2018

We sought to understand how each sport impacts teen well-being, and whether the number of sports in which a teen participates influences their health. We also explored whether sports opportunities overall, as well as individual sports, are accessible to all teens across genders, race and ethnicities, levels of family income and regions. Finally, we wanted to identify the unique benefits and opportunities for improvement that exist within each sport to maximize the health benefits for teens.

The Women’s Sports Foundation commissioned the Teen Sport in America: Why Participation Matters report to better understand the impact of sports participation on teen health, well-being and academic achievement.

WSF offers a “Teen Sport in America” toolkit to help organizations utilize this data to communicate the importance of youth sports participation. To request a copy, contact Kristen Gowdy.

Teen Sport in America Executive Summary.
Teen Sport in America Fact Sheet.

Teen Sport in America: Why Participation Matters Full Report