Share of participants in kids' high-intensity sports in the U.S. 2018

Share of children aged 6 to 12 who regularly participated in high-calorie-burning sports in the United States from 2012 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Sports considered by SFIA to be high-calorie-burning include: bicycling (BMX, mountain, road), running/jogging, basketball, field hockey, football (tackle, touch), ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer (indoor, outdoor), swimming (on a team or for fitness), track and field, badminton, racquetball, squash, tennis, cross-country skiing, martial arts, wrestling,stand-up paddling, climbing (sport, traditional), trail running, triathlon, snowshoeing, boxing, dance, step and other choreographed exercise to music. The list also includes several activities more associated with teens and adults, including high impact/intensity training, cardio kickboxing, stationary cycling, rowing machine, stair-climbing machine, treadmill, aquatic exercise, bodyweight exercise, cross-training-style workouts, Pilates training, adventure racing, cardio tennis, pickleball, MMA and other combat training.

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