Participation in high school football increased for the first time in five years, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Football remained the top participation sport among boys in the 2013-14 school year.
“We are pleased with the increase in participation numbers in the sport of football for the 2013-14 school year,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “With the precautions that are in place nationwide to address concussions in all high school sports, including football, we have maintained that the risk of injury is as low as it ever has been. Certainly, this rise in football numbers is a confirmation of those beliefs and indicates the strong continued interest nationwide in high school football.”
The NFHS also noted that overall participation for high school sports is now at an all-time high, with almost 7.8 million participants.