The Challenge: Schools can be a great place for youth to be physically active, but opportunities for extracurricular sports in schools have declined in recent years.
Make an impact: After-school intramural sports can be a promising way to increase sports participation among middle school students.
What the findings are about: This study examined participation levels between students in schools with intramural sports (open to all students) to schools with an interscholastic model (focus on competition).
Key Findings and Recommendations:
Intramural sports attracted more students to play sports than did interscholastic sports, and may be especially important for students from low-income households or students of color.
Students from low-income and/or African-American households attending intramural sports schools were more likely to be involved in school sports than their peers at interscholastic sports schools.
Kanters, M.A., et al. (2013). School Sport Participation Under Two School Sport Policies: Comparisons by Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(1Suppl): S113-S121.