Skating Participation Statistics
skating participation statistics generally come from two organizations:
the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) and the National
Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). The most recent published
statistics as of this writing are the SGMA's statistics for 2004.
SGMA counts all Americans of age six and older who skated at least once
in the year. Their estimate of total inline skating participation
in 2004 is 17.3 million skaters. The highpoint of the skating
industry using these statistics was 1998 when the SGMA estimated 32.0
million people tried inline skating.
in the inline industry like to quote the highest number possible (17.3
million skaters). However, this leaves other people wondering
"where are all those skaters?". A more accurate figure might be
the SGMA's "frequent skater" statistic, which counts only those people
who skate 25 or more times per year (about once every two weeks).
This statistic is 3.9 million skaters in 2004.
this low? No. This number reveals a major participatory sports
industry. For example, only 903,000 people were frequent
participants in ice skating in 2003. Running, which appears to be
much bigger than skating to many people, had 10.5 million frequent
participants. Recreational bicycling, which seems almost
ubiquitous, had only 13.4 million frequent participants. Inline
skating with almost four million US participants is a major player in
the recreational sporting world.