Monday, June 23, 2008

Children's Sports Participation

The ABS currently has a research project underway to study children's participation in sports over time. This study will use data from the three surveys on Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, which were conducted in 2000, 2003, and 2006 (cat. no. 4901.0).

Many experts recognise that children's participation in sports is beneficial to health and physical fitness and also facilitates the development of social/interpersonal skills and psychological well-being. This is why information on the range, frequency and duration of sporting activities, the characteristics of children who participate in them and changes in these characteristics over time, are of particular interest to researchers and policymakers.

Also of interest is any information on changes in participation during the childhood lifecycle. For example, do children continue to play the same sports or increase/decrease or rearrange their sporting activities as they grow older?
Detecting patterns in children's sports participation over their lifecycle and reasons behind these patterns could inform policymaking.

Read more about this cohort analysis of children's sports participation research project in the latest issue of Methodological News, Jun 2008 (cat. no. 1504.0).

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