Sports Participation in the US - 2018 Edition

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NSGA’s highly successful Sports Participation study has been executed for more than 30 years.  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. 

Click on “View Snapshot” above the report image on the left to see an example of the report. Also, the following provides a brief description of key contents included: 

How can Sports Participation be used?

  • To research sport specific data for 56 sports/recreational activities
  • Provides statistical participation information to make educated decisions about participants, including market size and composition
  • Ideal for manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions, and academics to determine how organizations should evolve in response to changing participation in sports and recreation activities

See list of sports below

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