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Youth Sports Still Struggling with Dropping Participation, High Costs and Bad Coaches, Study Finds

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. Youth sports advocates have for years pushed kids to play more team sports, and those efforts showed some success over the past four years. Physical inactivity dropped slightly over that span, but kids still generally are not getting enough exercise, based on data published in Aspen’s annual “State of Play” youth sports report.