August 2019

Survey Reveals Top Outdoor Recreation Activities

After a long and cold winter, many are excited to get outdoors to enjoy the summer sun—and most turn to their local park and recreation centers for outdoor activities. In fact, according to a recent poll by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), around 91% of Americans are projected to participate in an outdoor recreation activity hosted by their local park and recreation agency this summer. The survey also captures data on Americans’ favorite activities to do at their local parks.

Pediatricians Urge Communities to Provide Swim Lessons for All

Communities are being advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to make water safety a No. 1 priority, as well as ensure that swim lessons are accessible for everyone.

Report: Tennis Participation Remains Consistent

Recently, the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), in partnership with the Physical Activity Council (PAC), published the 26-page Tennis Participation Report, which includes data through the end of 2018. Overall tennis participation has remained somewhat consistent in recent years, with an average annual change of -0.4 percent from 2010 to 2018. The total number of tennis participants in 2018 grew by 0.9 percent over 2017, to 17.84 million players.

Survey: Only Half of Collegiate Sports Programs Follow NCAA Model for Student Medical Care

A new survey of college and university athletic trainers shows that 51.73 percent of their collegiate-level sports programs follow the NCAA-legislated independent medical model of care. In addition, 76.26 percent of respondents feel they have medical autonomy—the unchallengeable authority to determine medical management of athletes. The survey was conducted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM). Results suggest a great need for program evaluations.