Report: High school sports participation falls 4.5%

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Report: High school sports participation falls 4.5%

Postby MBRRadio » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:41 am

Participation in high school sports in Maine declined 4.5 percent during the 2018-19 school year, dropping below 50,000 athletes for the first time in 22 years.

The drop in Maine continued a two-year decline and coincided with the first decrease in high school sports participation nationally in 30 years, according to results of the National Federation of State High School Associations’ annual participation survey.

The biggest contributors to the declines were football and basketball, according to data collected by NFHS. Participation in boys’ 11-member football teams dropped by nearly 31,000 athletes, but the survey also found that schools are not dropping football. The national organization attributed the drop to increased concerns about the risk of concussions or other football injuries.

The NFHS reported that Maine had 47,916 athletes participating in high school sports in 1996-97, the last time the number dipped below 50,000. Maine had its highest level of participation in 2006-07, when there were 56,933 athletes.

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