According to the National Sporting Goods Association's 2007 sports participation survey, tennis was America's fastest growing sport, growing 18.7% to 12.3 million participants for the year. Meanwhile, the survey saw the womens market continue to be the driving force in fitness activities.
Scooter riding, after several years of decline, rebounded with an 11.4% growth rate to 10.6 million participants. Sports and recreation activities overall showed 5% to 10% growth including target shooting (9.7% to 20.9 million participants); motor/power boating (8.9% to 31.9 million participants); volleyball (8.7% to 12.0 million participants); running/jogging (5.5% to 30.4 million participants); and bicycle riding (5% to 37.4 million participants). Exercise walking, the No. 1 sports and recreation activity with 89.8 million participants, grew 2.7% in 2007.
Among fitness activities, only aerobic exercising, down 9.9%, showed a significant decline, although that may have come from the inclusion of yoga in the survey for the first time. Yoga attracted 10.7 million participants in 2007. Other sports showing declines included soccer, down 1.8%; basketball, down 9.7%; and softball, down 20%. Activities newly surveyed for the 2007 report include yoga, lacrosse, kayaking, mountain/rock climbing and scuba.
Females dominate a number of fitness activities, according to the survey. The highest was yoga, in which women account for 85% of those participating. Other sports with high participation by women included aerobic exercising, 71%; exercise walking, 63%; working out at a club, 55%, and exercising with equipment, 51%.