A Life-Altering Discovery
My experience is not atypical. A 2004 study by Jellineck and Durant reports that 90 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 participate in some form of organized sports. According to United States government data, over half of both boys (58 percent) and girls (51 percent) played on a sports team in high school in 2003 (US Embassy, n.d.). The National Federation of State High School Associations reported that participation in high school sports increased for the 22nd consecutive year during the 2010-2011 academic year, with 55.5 percent of all students participating on a sports team (Koebler, 2011). When one also takes into account the number of youth who play sports in their leisure time, it is hard to overestimate the role of sports in American society.