THE PREDICTION OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY USING TREADMILL VIBRATION

  • Tsung-Ying Hung
  • Chiu-Sheng Lin
  • Chiang Liu
  • Chen-Kai Su
  • Tzyy-Yuang Shiang
Keywords: physical activity, treadmill, vibration, accelerometer

Abstract

A lot of treadmills detect physical activity by running speed which is only horizontal information, but vertical information is also important, such as impact and ground reaction force. This study tried to find out the relationship among the treadmill impact vibration, ground reaction force and human body impact vibration information on runner. Three college males were recruited to walk and run on treadmill at different speeds. Accelerometer on treadmill, accelerometer on human body and four load-cells were used to measure physical activity. The results showed that treadmill vibration was significantly correlated with body impact and ground reaction force. In the same speed, treadmill vibration at running was greater than walking. In order to predict whole physical activity more accurately, three-dimensional information should be used instead of speed only.
Published
2008-03-25