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Sport and Youth Substance Abuse 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:

  • 54% of Canadians aged 15 to 19 and 34% aged 20 to 24 participate regularly in sport;

  • Over 3 million Canadians volunteer their time to coach, referee or administer amateur sport; and

  • The Canadian youth sport market is estimated to be worth $5.7 billion.

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 abuse 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. As such, CCSA is working with researchers and stakeholders to:

  • Prioritize and inform research projects;

  • Identify opportunities to share new knowledge; and

  • Raise awareness across sectors about known risks, benefits and opportunities to help measure the effectiveness of and enhance current programming and policies.

How to get involved​

​Find out about and join the Canadian Sport and Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Network​.