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STATE OF PLAY Seattle-King County Analysis and Recommendations

The ASPEN Institute

Project Play: State of Play Seattle-King County

Fall, 2019

Only 19% of youth in King County meet the 60 minutes of physical activity per day recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Girls (16%) are less likely to be sufficiently physically active than boys (22%). Physical activity declines as youth get older, with only 13% of 12th graders meeting the CDC recommendations. Eleven percent of youth who do not speak English at home meet the CDC recommendations compared with 20% of youth who do speak English at home.

As ACL tears pile up, doctors and coaches worry that kids are playing too much basketball

Samantha Pell

Washington Post

May 23, 2019

The injuries have prompted a question about youth basketball: Amid a demanding, year-round schedule that includes high school games, AAU tournaments and all-star competitions, are kids being asked to play too much?

Does Norway Have the Answer to Excess in Youth Sports?

Tom Farrey

New York Times

April 28, 2019

"A decade ago, I wrote a book that comprehensively surveyed the landscape of youth sports. I wanted to know: How did the United States become the world’s sports superpower while producing such a physically inactive population? What contribution, if any, did our sports ecosystem play in producing these seemingly opposite outcomes? And, has any nation figured out a more effective model?...."

The Professionalization of Youth Sports

John O'Sullivan

Changing The Game Project

January 18th, 2019

"It is high time that those of us who are concerned with the welfare of children in sports take a stand and stop the professionalization of youth sports. It is time for us to stop treating children like mini-adults..."

Youth sports still struggling with dropping participation, high costs and bad coaches, study finds

Jacob Bogage

Washington Post

October 16th, 2018


"More American children ages 6 to 12 were physically active in 2017, but not to a healthy level, according to data published Tuesday by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute..."

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