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Sport Participation Across the Lifespan: Australian Trends and Policy Implications

  • Rochelle M. Eime
  • Jack T. Harvey
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Abstract

This chapter will explore the sport participation trends in Australia across the lifespan. Utilising the Sport and Recreation Spatial programme of research which integrates over 1 million club-sport participant records annually, this Chapter will present the participation rates from 4 to 100 years. Key results are:
  • Sport participation is the highest among young children (aged 5–14 years)

  • Sport participation rates drop significantly during adolescence

  • Sport participation rates among females are half of those among males

  • Sport participation rates are higher in regional areas compared to metropolitan areas, including how sport participation rates differ based on socio-economic status

These key results are discussed with reference to Australian Sport policy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rochelle M. Eime
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jack T. Harvey
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of HealthFederation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active LivingVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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