Fewer children are participating in sports

According to the Indiana Youth Center, child participation is down four percent.
According to the Indiana Youth Center, child participation is down four percent.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The number of children who participate in organized sports is declining. According to experts,  the number of kids in youth sports leagues has dropped nearly four percent over a five year period.

Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz said there are a number of factors such as growing health concerns, like head injuries, or the cost of equipment. He said the decline concerns him because sports can have a positive impact that lasts into adulthood.

“The U.S. Surgeon General has said the number one health concern among the nations youth is too much inactivity. A child who is in an organized youth sports league is obviously more physically active, but is much more likely to stay physically active,” said Stanczykiewicz.

If a child is playing sports, Stancyzkiewicz said parents need to make sure the league has proper safety measures in place.

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