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Table 2 Participation and change in sport and exercise participation over 20 years of follow up, n = 3384 men

From: Tracking of sport and exercise types from midlife to old age: a 20-year cohort study of British men

  Change between baseline and 20-year follow up
Sport/exercise type Baseline 12 year 16 year 20 year Participating at both Adopters Drop outs Not participating at both
% (n)
Golf 11.4 (387) 11.8 (400) 11.7 (397) 11.7 (396) 6.9 (234) 4.8 (162) 4.5 (153) 83.8 (2835)
Bowling 2.2 (74) 8.4 (285) 9.5 (322) 9.5 (321) 1.5 (51) 8.0 (270) 0.7 (23) 89.8 (3040)
Dancing 1.2 (42) 1.7 (59) 2.0 (68) 5.1 (172) 0.6 (20) 4.5 (152) 0.7 (22) 94.3 (3190)
Racquet sports 9.3 (314) 3.6 (123) 2.2 (74) 2.2 (73) 1.4 (48) 0.7 (25) 7.9 (266) 90.0 (3045)
Swimming 6.9 (235) 9.6 (324) 9.0 (305) 9.2 (312) 1.8 (62) 7.4 (250) 5.1 (173) 85.7 (2899)
Cycling (any purpose) 7.3 (246) 8.9 (300) 8.2 (276) 6.1 (206) 1.4 (46) 4.7 (160) 5.9 (200) 88.0 (2978)
Surface water sports 2.1 (71) 1.0 (32) 0.7 (25) 0.4 (15) 0.2 (6) 0.3 (9) 1.9 (65) 97.6 (3304)
Aerobics/fitness training 0.2 (5) 0.7 (24) 0.8 (27) 1.5 (52) 0.0 (1) 1.5 (51) 0.1 (4) 98.4 (3328)
Gym/muscle strengthening 1.1 (38) 1.6 (55) 2.2 (75) 1.9 (65) 0.1 (4) 1.8 (61) 1.0 (34) 97.1 (3285)
Football 0.7 (25) 0.1 (4) 0.2 (6) 0.1 (2) 0.1 (2) 0.7 (25) 99.2 (3357)
Rugby 0.2 (6) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.2 (6) 99.8 (3378)
Running/jogging 2.3 (77) 1.2 (42) 1.0 (35) 1.1 (36) 0.4 (14) 0.7 (22) 1.9 (63) 97.1 (3285)
Cricket 1.6 (54) 0.3 (9) 0.2 (6) 0.1 (4) 0.1 (3) 0.0 (1) 1.5 (51) 98.4 (3329)
Walking/hiking 1.4 (47) 6.5 (219) 7.4 (251) 8.0 (272) 0.6 (19) 7.5 (253) 0.8 (28) 91.1 (3084)
Other 3.3 (113) 2.2 (74) 1.9 (65) 1.7 (58) 0.4 (12) 1.4 (46) 3.0 (101) 95.3 (3225)