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More Europeans Lack Exercise, Americans Participation in Sports Weaken, Study Says CAMBRIDGE, Ma., - More than 50 percent of people in the European Union seldom do exercise or participate in any sports activity, according to figures published by a Eurobarometer survey conducted in 2009. Moreover, 42 percent of those respondents stated they never take part, and another 42 percent of those respondents state that they do exercise, but only at least once a week. On the other hand, a study from the American Sport & Fitness Administration conducted in 2012 says that there was an 18 to 20 per cent decline of American youth that are involved in sports activities, a 4% difference from 5 years ago.
Europeans' Drastic Decline in Exercise The result from the Eurobarometer survey means more than half of them don't engage in physical activity, which has further supported the previously-published results by an independent study that there was a 70 percent increase of overweight people aged 21-50 years old. This study came after an increase in the rate of health conditions pertaining to being overweight in the EU. The survey also revealed the different lifestyles of both male and female respondents of the study. The males that participated in the study were observed to exercise and play sport more than women. Around 74 percent of males ages 15-24 engage in physical activity, while only 55 percent of females do so. This led to more speculations about the how health-conscious women are in the region.
American Sports Involvement Weakens Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports the study from the American Sport & Fitness Administration that there was a 4% decrease of involvement in sports among young Americans ages 6 to 17. The study focused on four of the most popular sports in the US - basketball, soccer, baseball and football. Furthermore, the study examined data from different youth leagues, school athletic programs and professional associations. The study observed that one of the factors of weakening involvement is the increase of the price of sporting goods following the recession. From 2011 to 2012, there was a 5% increase of price in custom-made team uniforms, which has led to a decrease of sales by 2.1%, less than half the projected price. Androulla Vassilou, the European commissioner for sport, says that, "the results of the survey confirm the need for more measures to encourage people to exercise and make it a part of their daily routine." He encourages sports management degree practitioners to market sport not only as an entertainment product, but a way for people to have a healthy lifestyle. "This is very important, not only for one's health and well-being, but also for the economical benefits one gets from doing physical activity," Vassilou says.