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Global positioning system: a new opportunity in physical activity measurement

Maddison, Ralph and Ni Mhurchu, Cliona 2009, Global positioning system: a new opportunity in physical activity measurement, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, vol. 6, Article number: 73, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-6-73.

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Title Global positioning system: a new opportunity in physical activity measurement
Author(s) Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph orcid.org/0000-0001-8564-5518
Ni Mhurchu, Cliona
Journal name International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume number 6
Season Article number: 73
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1479-5868
Summary Accurate measurement of physical activity is a pre-requisite to monitor population physical activity levels and design effective interventions. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology offers potential to improve the measurement of physical activity. This paper 1) reviews the extant literature on the application of GPS to monitor human movement, with a particular emphasis on free-living physical activity, 2) discusses issues associated with GPS use, and 3) provides recommendations for future research. Overall findings show that GPS is a useful tool to augment our understanding of physical activity by providing the context (location) of the activity and used together with Geographical Information Systems can provide some insight into how people interact with the environment. However, no studies have shown that GPS alone is a reliable and valid measure of physical activity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-6-73
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081976

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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