Smartphone technology has been operational for less than 10 years yet over two-thirds of the Australian population own a smartphone that actively links to a mobile network and most countries around the world report over 50% ownership of smartphones. Smartphone technology brings mobility and economical convenience in the form of a miniaturised computer that is rapidly changing the way people function. Most smartphone technology includes inbuilt sensors that can include gyroscopes, GPS, accelerometers, proximity switches, ambient light, barometer and video. Collectively these sensors and the emerging field of health and medical applications are being used to assess physical performance measures in both clinical and healthy settings. Measurement applications for clinical populations include balance and mobility testing using timed up and go test, six minute walk and sway balance. In addition there are several applications that have been reported to accurately measure joint range of motion. The accurate assessment of common strength and power measurements, such as 1RM strength, vertical jump height, rate of force development and sprint speed are also available to monitor physical performance. Another valuable aspect of smartphone technology is that all devices are network connected and can transmit information in real time. Recent research has highlighted there are over 40,000 health related applications available to smartphone consumers however many applications rely on proprietary algorithms, lack operational transparency, are mobile platform specific and have not been validated. The important question to answer revolves around smart technology used in exercise science is it a hit or a miss?
This recording was made from a webinar presented by ESSA on 6 October 2016.
Associate Professor Brendan Humphries is an established researcher with a strong track record in the development of muscular strength and power in aging populations, neuromuscular and skeletal adaptations, and, aging and physical activity. Associate Professor Humphries is nationally and internationally recognised for his research in biomechanics and muscle mechanics. He has authored book chapters, published over 50 scientific journal articles, has 10 invited professional trade publications, and has presented at over 60 national and international conferences. In addition he has been an editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and a journal reviewer for 15 national and international journals. His professional involvement also includes serving on numerous national and regional committees that include the World Sport Sciences Congress, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Exercise and Sports Science Australian. His skillset includes high level technology and laboratory skills, quantitative research techniques and methodological design.
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