Friday, May 8, 2015

America's 15 Fastest Growing Sports

SILVER SPRING, MD – May 5, 2015 – While physical inactivity in the U.S. has reached a record-high of nearly 83 million people (which is nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population), millions of other Americans are physically active and engaged in sports, fitness and outdoor endeavors.  

Listed here are the top 15 growth sports or activities in the USA in the SFIA 2015 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation Report.  The top growth activities (from 2012-2014) for sports, fitness, exercise, and physical activity endeavors are based on 'core' or committed participants.

The data has been broken down to highlight (1) the activities with the highest percentage growth and (2) the greatest growth of actual participants. It is interesting to note that 12 of the 15 activities appear in both categories. Not shown here is that for the 104 sports or activities in the overall national study, only 28 activities had growth from 2012 to 2014.  This is another indication of the effects of the 'Inactivity Pandemic,' where 2.5 million more Americans became totally sedentary in 2014.


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