Increase the proportion of children and adolescents who play sports — PA‑12 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 58.4 percent of children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years participated in a sports team or took sports lessons after school or on weekends in the past 12 months in 2016-17

Target: 63.3 percent

Number of children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years who participated in sports teams or lessons during the past 12 months.
Number of children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years.
Target-setting method
Percentage point improvement
Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline and the Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts expected the data to move in the desired direction during the next decade.


Methodology notes

There were changes to the wording of this question. Due to changes in the survey's mode of data collection and sampling frame, as well as adjustments to item wording where necessary, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) alerts data users that it is not possible to compare estimates from the redesigned survey to those from previous iterations of the NSCH or NS-CSHCN or to conduct related trend analyses. The redesigned NSCH will support trend analyses beginning with data from 2016.

1. Effect size h=0.1 was chosen to correspond with 10% improvement from a baseline of 50%.