HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PARTICIPATION RISES, SAYS NEW SURVEY
According to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations, football participation among high school students increased for the first time in five years, with an additional 6,607 boys participating in 11-man football during the 2013-14 school year.
According to the survey, 6,607 more boys participated in football last season than they had the year before, pushing the total to 1,093,234. In addition, a total of 1,715 girls participated in 11-player football, an increase of 184 from the previous year.
“With the precautions that are in place nationwide to address concussions in all high school sports, including football, we have maintained that the risk of injury is as low as it ever has been,” said BOB GARDNER, NFHS executive director. “Certainly this rise in football numbers is a confirmation of those beliefs and indicates the strong continued interest nationwide in high school football.”
“In our sport, we’re seeing education change for the better how coaches are prepared, players are taught, parents are informed and safety is addressed,” USA Football executive director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “How we teach the game has evolved, and the rise in high school participation may reflect this, and there’s more to be done.”
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