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High School Sports Participation Up, Nearing 8 Million

For the 28th straight year, there has been increased participation in high school sports, now nearing the 8 million mark, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,963,535. The increase of 94,635 participants from 2015-16 is the largest one-year jump in overall participation since the 2008-09 school year.

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Outdoor Foundation Selects Paddle Nation Grant Recipients

This year, 1,895 people will have the opportunity to explore America's waterways, thanks to the Outdoor Foundation's Paddle Nation Grant Program, which connects youth with their local waterways through recreational paddling.

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Nation's Pediatricians Offer Caution About Youth Athlete Weight Changes

Newly updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics caution about unhealthy ways young athletes in "weight sensitive" sports may slim down or bulk up in hopes of achieving more competitive physiques. These risky weight losses or gains increase short- and long-term health problems and injury risk, and may even hurt athletic performance.

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NATA Offers Recommendations to Keep Marching Band Members Healthy

The National Athletic Trainers Association offers important tips to keep these performing athletes safe on the field so they can celebrate their team's achievements and dazzle crowds with their music and fancy footwork.

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NFWF Announces Gulf Coast Conservation Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced 10 grant awards totaling $1.9 million to enhance coastal habitats, bolster fish and wildlife populations and strengthen resilience along the Gulf of Mexico.

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NRPA 2017 National Award Winners Announced

The National Recreation and Park Association announced the winners of its 2017 National Awards.

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Programs at Schools & School Districts

The most common program currently offered among respondents from schools and school districts to our annual Industry Report survey was youth sports teams. Some 82.1 percent of school respondents said they have youth sports teams in 2017, up from 78.3 percent in 2016. Other popular program types currently offered include educational programs, fitness, sports tournaments and races, holidays and other special events, performing arts, day camps and summer camps, arts and crafts, individual sports activities like running clubs, and swimming programs.

Looking forward, 18.6 percent of school respondents said they are planning to add programs at their facilities over the next three years, up from 15.8 percent who had such plans in 2016. The top planned program additions include: fitness, educational programs, holidays and other special events, youth sports teams, mind-body balance programs, individual sports activities, day camps and summer camps, special needs programs, arts and crafts, and sports tournaments and races.

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Need Fun? Just Add Water! Outfitting Your Pool

If you want to bring more people to your pool to take part in programs and more, think about what you're offering. Simple additions can make all the difference.

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Attention to Detail: The Ongoing Evolution of the Locker Room

Locker rooms have come a long way from the bare-bones functional spaces of the past. Modern-day locker rooms are designed to please modern-day patrons, with amenities and layouts that make more sense.

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Lighting Boost: Seminole County Sports Complex in Sanford, Fla.

When Seminole County Sports Complex, a 15-field sports facility that hosts baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse, in Sanford, Fla., opened, it came with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system.

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Outside of the Box: Up-and-Coming Sports Programming Can Expand Your Reach

Expanding your programming can be as simple as hopping onto the bandwagon and offering a new sports that's growing in popularity across the country, like archery, adventure racing and pickleball.

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Sizing Up Your Surface: Options Abound When You Want Performance & Durability

When it comes to indoor sports and fitness surfaces, options abound, from synthetic vinyl and rubber surfaces and tiles to hardwood flooring. Learn more about your choices and their benefits, as well as what to expect over the long run.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2017 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 26 to 28 in New Orleans. Presented by the National Recreation and Park Association. (
14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 18 to 20 in Denver. Presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. (
FSB 2017 Trade Fair, Nov. 7 to 10 in Cologne, Germany. (

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