January 2022

PHTA Funds Swim Lessons for Nearly 6,300 Children in 2021

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and its foundation are celebrating the donors who made 2021 a record-setting year for the alliance's Step Into Swim initiative, which is committed to safe swim education. The program raised more than $1 million and provided swim lessons to 6,297 children, with support from major founding partner Every Child A Swimmer and other industry leaders.

NRPA Celebrates Parks' Role in Americans' Wellness Goals

How are your resolutions coming along? If you're like the vast majority of U.S. adults—94%—you have set a health and wellness goal for 2022, according to a newly released National Park And Recreation Association (NRPA) poll. The NRPA touts the important role local parks and recreation organizations play in helping Americans meet these goals.

ACSM Lists Top Fitness Trends for 2022

We all know the value of getting plenty of exercise and quality sleep—many of us likely have made resolutions to help ensure we get there—and with more people turning to smartwatches and fitness trackers to monitor their exercise and sleep quality, it should come as no surprise that more than 4,500 health and fitness professionals surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) identified wearable tech as the new top trend in fitness for 2022. ACSM recently released the survey results in an article titled "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2022."

SFIA Report Reveals Impact of Pandemic on Organized Team Sports

According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) 2021 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report, the total number of Americans participating in a team sport dropped by 3.8 million players in 2020. The report, which examines participation and market trends in team sports and features in-depth data analysis of age group participation and more, breaks out the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the team sports landscape.