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The National Sports and Society Survey (NSASS) is a landmark survey of 4,000 U.S. adults that collects information on sports-related attitudes and the dimensions and contexts of sports involvement experiences. Specifically, the NSASS asks about one's:
  • opinions on sports-related issues,
  • current sports-related experiences,
  • sports-related experiences while growing up, and
  • child's sports-related experiences (if applicable).

This information is complemented with background information on the respondents and their reports of their health and well-being, behaviors, and social connections.

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the study is twofold. First, it seeks to gather comprehensive information about the extent to which people are involved in sports in the U.S. and the predictors of their sports involvement patterns. A central focus of this aim is to better understand sports involvement patterns, expenditures, and inequalities. Second, the study seeks to provide information that will enable analyses of the links between one's sports involvement experiences and one's attitudes, health and well-being, behaviors, and social connections. Overall, findings from the study are expected to improve our understanding of the patterns and implications of sports involvement and lead to evidence-based recommendations for how sports should be organized, offered, and endorsed.

Research Team

The research team for the NSASS consists of Professor Chris Knoester, principal investigator, with support from members of CHRR and the Sports and Society Initiative (SSI) at The Ohio State University. Funding for the project has been provided by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences through SSI.

CHRR services used for NSASS:

  • Sample Design and Management
  • Survey and Questionnaire Design
  • Survey Management
  • Data Collection
  • Data Security
  • Database Administration
  • IRB Coordination

Service descriptions can be found on CHRR's services page.