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Technology in Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Edited by Zan Gao

© 2017 – Routledge

264 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Description

As technology becomes an ever more prevalent part of everyday life and population-based physical activity programmes seek new ways to increase lifelong engagement with physical activity, so the two have become increasingly linked. This book offers a thorough, critical examination of emerging technologies in physical activity and health, considering technological interventions within the dominant theoretical frameworks, exploring the challenges of integrating technology into physical activity promotion and offering solutions for its implementation.

Technology in Physical Activity and Health Promotion occupies a broadly positive stance toward interactive technology initiatives and, while discussing some negative implications of an increased use of technology, offers practical recommendations for promoting physical activity through a range of media, including:

  • social media
  • mobile apps
  • global positioning and geographic information systems
  • wearables
  • active videogames (exergaming)
  • virtual reality settings.

Offering a logical and clear critique of technology in physical activity and health promotion, this book will serve as an essential reference for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduate students and scholars working in public health, physical activity and health and kinesiology, and healthcare professionals.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Emerging Technology and Physical Activity Health

1. Foundations of Technology and Health Effects of Physical Activity

Zan Gao, Zachary Pope and Nan Zeng

2. Overview: Promoting Physical Activity and Health through Emerging Technology

Haichun Sun, Nan Zeng and Zan Gao

3. Social and Behavioral Theories in Promoting Physical Activity

Zan Gao and Jung Eun Lee

Part 2: Emerging Technologies in Physical Activity and Health

4. Computer and Internet Use in Enhancing Physical Activity

Jung Eun Lee and Zan Gao

5. Online Social Media and Physical Activity Promotion

Jung Eun Lee and Zan Gao

6. Mobile Device Apps in Enhancing Physical Activity

Zachary Pope and Zan Gao

7. Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems and Physical Activity

Zachary Pope and Zan Gao

8. Health Wearable Devices and Physical Activity Promotion

Nan Zeng and Zan Gao

9. Active Video Games and Physical Activity

Zan Gao, Nan Zeng and Zachary Pope

10. Virtual Reality in Physical Activity Promotion

Nan Zeng and Zan Gao

Part 3: Applications for Physical Activity and Health Promotion

11. Negative Aspects of Emerging Technologies in Physical Activity Promotion

Zachary Pope and Zan Gao

12. Emerging Technologies in Promoting Physical Activity and Health

Zan Gao

About the Editor

Zan Gao is a faculty member at the School of Kinesiology in the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA, specializing in physical activity and health. His research has primarily focused on promoting health through population-based physical activity interventions with emerging technologies such as active video games, online social media and mobile device apps.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Physical Activity and Health

The Routledge Research in Physical Activity and Health series offers a multi-disciplinary forum for cutting-edge research in the broad area of physical activity, exercise and health. Showcasing the work of emerging and established scholars working in areas ranging from physiology and chronic disease, psychology and mental health to physical activity and health promotion and socio-economic and cultural aspects of physical activity participation, the series is an important channel for groundbreaking research in physical activity and health.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPO000000
SPORTS & RECREATION / General