Australian Bureau of Statistics
1345.4 - SA Stats, Feb 2011
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/02/2011
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FEATURE ARTICLE: YOUNG PEOPLE, SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Nationally, in 2009-10, males aged 15-17 years had a significantly higher participation rate (86%) in sports and physical recreation than those aged 18-24 years (69%). Males aged 15-17 years in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland also had a significantly higher participation rate than those aged 18-24 years. In South Australia, the participation rate for males aged 15-17 years was 91% and 66% for those aged 18-24 years. The drop-off in participation observed between males aged 15-17 years and 18-24 years suggests a possible loss of interest, changing priorities or the loss of structure and organisation associated with school sport, as young males transition from high school to work or further study.
Nationally, in 2009-10, females aged 15-17 and 18-24 years had a similar participation rate (71% and 70% respectively). In South Australia, the participation rate for females aged 15-17 years was 65% and 69% for those aged 18-24 years. This pattern of participation by South Australian females contrasts the significant decrease in participation observed in South Australian males between these age groups. The male participation rate starts off at a significantly higher level than females during school age but drops off to a similar level post school. This may suggest that, in comparison to males, participation in sports and physical recreation remains relatively unaffected for South Australian females during the transition from high school to work or further study.
For South Australian males, a significant decrease in sports and physical recreation participation rates between the ages of 15-17 years and 18-24 years, to levels observed in females, suggests there are factors that influence the changing participation during the transition from high school to work or further study for males. This pattern was not evident in South Australian females with the participation rates in sports and physical recreation remaining similar between the ages of 15-17 years and 18-24 years.
ABS, 2005-06, Participation in Sports and Physical Recreation, Australia (cat. no. 4177.0)
ABS, 2009-10, Participation in Sports and Physical Recreation, Australia (cat. no. 4177.0)
Australian Government, 2008, Department of Health and Ageing, Programs and Initiatives - Sport: Participation, viewed 20th January 2011, <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/sport-participation>
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