High school football is maintaining its popularity in the Keystone State, despite a decline in interest across much of the country, writes Adam Hermann for PhillyVoice.
In fact, Pennsylvania is currently one of just three states that has seen an increase in participation since 2009. Between 2009 and 2018, participation in high school football has fallen by around 11 percent nationally.
One of the main reasons for this decline is concerns about injuries, particularly the effects of head trauma among young athletes. According to a recent poll by The New York Times, out of 1,000 teenage boys polled, nine percent of those playing football cited their parents’ concerns over head injuries.
Even more interesting is that, while overall interest in the sport in the Keystone State is increasing, this is not the case in Philly. Also, New Jersey has seen a 10 percent decline in participation, while in Delaware, it fell by 12 percent.
This decline in participation has seemingly not had a negative effect on the professional game, where revenues are only increasing.
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