Participation in a sports activity can provide a variety of benefits to children. According to the SportandDev.org website, the there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that focuses on the (mostly positive) effects of sport and exercise on physical health, growth and development. In addition to the health benefits, children also learn about the importance of key values such as:
It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. These learning aspects highlight the impact of physical education and sport on a child’s social and moral development in addition to physical skills and abilities.
Colorado’s percentage of high school youth involved in at least one team sport has remained constant from 2009 through 2011. Pueblo’s 2012 percentage of high school youth was 5 percent lower than Colorado as a whole. Both Pueblo and Colorado middle school children had a higher percentage of children active in a sports activity, but there was a larger gap (11%) between Pueblo and Colorado’s middle school students.
Please note that the data for Pueblo is now reported for all of Pueblo County, not just Pueblo City Schools. Pueblo's middle school numbers only include grades 7 and 8, whereas Colorado's middle school numbers include grade 6.
Definition: Percentage of children participating in one or more sports teams during a twelve month period. Participation includes both school and community groups.
Data Source: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.
Data Considerations: State-level percentages of middle school and high school students who play on sports teams are calculated by summing the numbers of students in each grade who indicated that they were involved in at least one sports team, divided by the sum of all students that replied to the survey in each grade. Pueblo percentages, however, are an estimate arrived at by averaging the percent of students in each grade who play on a team regardless of differences in class sizes. The resulting estimate is likely to be quite close, but not exact.