For the first time in 3 decades, high schoolers are paying less sports

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Student participation in high school sports saw its first decline in 30 years, according to a survey released this week by the National Federation of State High School Associations. In the 2018-19 school year, 43,395 fewer students participated in high school sports than the previous year. High school football and basketball saw the greatest declines. The decline comes on the heels of increased concerns over potential long-term brain damage associated with football, the most popular high school sport. Even as overall participation is witnessing a decline, participation among wealthy students has never been higher. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. For many American students, after-school sports practice and Friday night football games have traditionally been staples of the high school experience. But that might be changing. For the first time in three decades, participation in high school sports is seeing a decline. A survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations found more than 7.9 million students participated in high school sports in the 2018-19 school year — just over 43,000 fewer than in 2017-2018. Football and basketball, the two most popular high school sports, saw the most significant declines. Nearly 31,000 fewer students participated in football compared to last year, contributing to the lowest football turnout in 19 years. Participation declines come amid parent concerns over safety Quarterback Richard Brehaut #12 of the white team looks for room to run in the All America Under Armour Football Game at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 4, 2

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