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Applying GPS to enhance understanding of transport-related physical activity

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Mitchell DuncanMitchell Duncan, H Badland, William MummeryWilliam Mummery
The purpose of the paper is to review the utility of the global positioning system (GPS) in the study of health-related physical activity. The paper draws from existing literature to outline the current work performed using GPS to examine transport-related physical activity, with a focus on the relative utility of the approach when combined with geographic information system (GIS) and other data sources including accelerometers. The paper argues that GPS, especially when used in combination with GIS and accelerometery, offers great promise in objectively measuring and studying the relationship of numerous environmental attributes to human behaviour in terms of physical activity and transport-related activity. Limitations to the use of GPS for the purpose of monitoring health-related physical activity are presented, and recommendations for future avenues of research are discussed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

12

Issue

5

Start Page

549

End Page

556

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

1440-2440

Location

Australia

Publisher

Elsevier Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Auckland University of Technology; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of science and medicine in sport.