Sports Participation: Historical 2018 Edition

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SPORTS PARTICIPATION HISTORICAL FILE - 2018 EDITION

Sports Participation: Historical Sports Participation provides data of sports and recreational activities participation from 1984 (when available) to the present.

  • This report is available in easy-to-use Microsoft Excel format.

How can Historical Participation be used?

  • Trends in participation can be used as supporting data in business development, expansion, consolidation, and financing
  • To make educated, strategic decisions based on who is participating in which activities, how often, and where

Bonus: Also included with purchase of this report is a complimentary copy of our 2018 Edition: Sports Participation in the US report!

Conducted in 2018, the study measures the annual number of participants in a variety of sports / recreational activities and the frequency of participation during the calendar year 2017. The report contains two sections, giving the reader a comprehensive picture of sports participation in the United States:

Section One delivers snapshots for a quick view of participation of any sport or activity included in the study.  The snapshots include: 10 year participation information (when available), 2017 frequency and participation by age, household income, and US region.

Section Two furnishes detailed tables providing participation information regarding:  gender, age, education, presence of children in household, household income, market size, US region, ethnicity/race, and frequency of participation. 

See Below for list of sports/recreational activities tracked

Click here for methodology

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List of Sports

  • Aerobic Exercising
  • Archery (Target)
  • Backpack/ Wilderness Camping
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Billiards/ Pool
  • Boating (Motor/ Power)
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Camping (Vacation/ Overnight)
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Dart Throwing
  • Exercise Walking
  • Exercising with Equipment
  • Fishing (Fresh Water)
  • Fishing (Salt Water)
  • Football (Flag)
  • Football (Tackle)
  • Football (Touch)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking
  • Hockey (Ice)
  • Hunting with Bow & Arrow
  • Hunting with Firearms
  • Ice/ Figure Skating
  • In-Line Roller Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts/ MMA/ Tae Kwon Do
  • Mountain Biking (Off Road)
  • Muzzleloading
  • Paintball Games
  • Pilates
  • Running/ Jogging
  • Scuba Diving (Open Water)
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing (Alpine)
  • Skiing (Cross Country)
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Target Shooting (Airgun)
  • Target Shooting (Live Ammunition)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Skiing
  • Weight Lifting
  • Work Out at Club/ Gym/ Fitness Studio
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga