Influence of grade and pace on pedometer accuracy during treadmill walking

Crowther, R., Leicht, A., and Spinks, W. (2005) Influence of grade and pace on pedometer accuracy during treadmill walking. In: Promoting Innovation Measuring Success: program & abstracts of 2005 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Fifth National Physical Activity Conference and Fourth National Sports Injury Prevention Conference, p. 143. From: 2005 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13-16 October 2005, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

This study examined the INFLUENCE OF INCLINE and pace on pedometer accuracy during treadmill walking. Healthy, active adults (N=31, 15 males; 16 females) completed 12x5-min bouts of treadmill walking in a randomized order at two paces (self-determined and forced) and six inclines (0-5%) while wearing a pedometer (YAMAX DigiWalker SW-700). Pedometer accuracy (actual vs. registered steps) and pedometer error (% difference between actual and registered steps) were examined by repeated measures ANOVA with gender as a between factor. Stride length was similar for males and females. There was no significant influence of incline on the number of registered steps. Registered steps were significantly greater for forced pace compared with self-determined pace. Pedometer error was significantly greater for self-determined walking at 0% (overestimated, p<0.05) compared with all other walking bouts. A significant main effect was found for gender with males registering less steps that females (556 30 vs. 581 30, p<0.05), while females registered greater error compared with males (17.2 6.8% vs. 9.0 13.2%, p<0.05). The current study demonstrated that pedometer step count is not significantly influenced by inclines up to 5% and that gender influences on pedometer step count should be considered during assessment of walking physical activity.

Item ID: 15982
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: fitness assessment, physical activity
ISBN: 978-1-875334-10-0
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 05:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 100%
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