To a degree IMO. The other being the huge increase in scholarships particularly in the female sports. The HS I graduated from has a girls field hockey and lacrosse teams that are 8 or 9 time state champs....in a row. All those girls are writing their tickets. Some girls are sporting 8 rings for being duel sport athletes.
My daughter is 10, soon to be 11. Second high scorer on her co Ed soccer team, high scorer both times she played club field hockey (only times she's played), and was my high scorer on the "boys" lacrosse team last year. I'm going to let her surf, skim and skateboard until her little hearts content. I fully expect her to play college athletics...if not, no biggie, she gets A's too.