Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America

An exhaustive study of children’s participation in sports and exercise, this is the first to document the benefit of sports to the wellness of families.

This study measures the nationwide participation rates of girls and boys in exercise and organized team sports. The central focus is on how the intersections among families, schools and communities are related to children’s involvement and interest in athletics and physical activity. Some of the personal and social benefits associated with children’s athletic participation are also identified and discussed. The athletic interests and involvements of girls and boys are examined from childhood through late adolescence, including entry into sport as well as drop-out patterns.

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Published Oct 8, 2008
By Women's Sports Foundation

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