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Sport and Youth Substance Use Prevention

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Participating in sport keeps youth engaged in the community and offers opportunities to build positive social relationships, self-confidence and life skills. In Canada:

  • Sport is the most popular extracurricular activity among youth;

  • Youth aged 15 to 19 years (54%) have the highest participation rate in sport; and

  • Approximately 84% of children and youth aged 3 to 17 participate in some form of sport, and 60% participate in an organized sport.

While evidence suggests that sport can be effective in preventing illicit substance use, sport participation has also been found to be associated with increases in alcohol consumption.

Addressing sport and youth substance use prevention

Increasing our understanding of the potential benefits and risks associated with sport participation, as it relates to substance use, can help inform community programs and policies. CCSA has worked to advance the understanding of the relationship between sport and substance use and created the following resources: