Terez, i don't care if people swim..less competition for me bro..
Michael Phelps was hotter than sunburn last year, but that didn’t help get people to jump in the pool after him..according to the annual Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s Sports Fitness and Recreation Participation Overview, Americans who said they participated in swimming declined by 8.4 % from 19 million to 17.4 million last year..but coincidentally since Phelpsy got caught smoking dope, marijuana use has gone through the roof..To see some other interesting statistics take the jump. -TO
Here are some of the other highlights worth noting.
Bar sports aren’t exactly stable. Only 20 million Americans said they played darts, down 14.6 percent from ’08. About 43 million Americans said they played billiards last year, down 12.3 percent from those that played just a year before.
At the gym, the elliptical machine is the star, as use has increased by 260 percent over the last nine years, while use of free weight dumbbells are up 30 percent since 2000.
Baseball is the third most popular team sport in the US, behind basketball and soccer, with 13.7 million players, but participation continues to fall. Almost 16 million people played the sport in 2000.
Last year’s star of the survey
, Ultimate Frisbee, which had grown by 800,000 participants, steadied a bit this year as the number of people playing dropped to 4.4 percent, a 10 percent decrease from ’08.
Thanks to the UFC, viewing of mixed martial arts might be on the rise, but only 6.5 million Americans participated in the cross disciplined sport in 2009, down 3.8 percent from last year.
Lacrosse continues its impressive incline. In 2000, there were 518,000 lacrosse players. Today, that participation is up 131 percent to almost 1.2 million people.