2016 GVSU Teaching with Technology Symposium
Mobile Health and Fitness Technology use of College Athletes

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Who: Alexa Madja, General Allied Health Science Grand Valley State University
Who: Dane Sanders, General Allied Health Science Grand Valley State University
Who: Mentor-Dr. Julia VanderMolen, Assistant Professor-Allied Health Sciences, Grand Valley State University
When: March 2016
Where: Allendale, MI

Session Presentation


Abstract

The use of mobile devices in supporting health behavior change has been the topic of several recent research studies. Aside from expanded opportunities for users to access health information, mobile devices are becoming useful for facilitating the ongoing collection of personal data and cueing behavior change (Cowan et al., 2013). “Approximately 46% of Americans own a smartphone. Self-monitoring has been demonstrated to be an effective method to improve health outcomes. One study showed that 21% of respondents use technology to track their health data” (Sandlin, M., Keathley, R., & Sandlin, J., 2014). This presentation will examine what health and fitness technologies are used by college athletes, how the technologies are being used by college athletes and which technologies are most beneficial for all fitness levels.


Session Objectives

  • Participants will learn what health and fitness technologies are used by college athletes
  • Participant will learn how health and fitness technologies are being used by college athletes
  • Participants will learn which health and fitness technologies are most beneficial for all fitness levels

What is Out There?


Diet Apps for the iPhone and Android: MyPlate
Diet Apps for the iPhone and Android: Calorie Count
Diet Apps for the iPhone and Android: FatSecret
Fitness Apps for the iPhone and Android: Fitbit
Fitness Apps for the iPhone and Android: MyFitnessPal
Fitness Apps for the iPhone and Android: Nike+ Running
Fitness Apps for the iPhone and Android: Nike+ Training Club

References

Cowan, L. T., Van Wagenen, S. A., Brown, B. A., Hedin, R. J., Seino-Stephan, Y., Hall, P. C., & West, J. H. (2013). Apps of steel: Are exercise apps providing consumers with realistic expectations?: A content analysis of exercise apps for presence of behavior change theory. Health Education & Behavior, 40(2), 133-139.

Sandlin, M. E., Keathley, R. S., & Sandlin, J. R. (2014). Smartphone use among college students: implications for healthy lifestyles. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85(1), 74.
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