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A Criterion Method for Measuring Route Distance in Physically Active Commuting
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Medicine and science in sports and exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 472-478Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: There is a need for accurate,   reliable, and feasible methods for determining route distances in   physically active transportation. The aim of this study, therefore, was   to scrutinize if distances of commuting routes drawn by physically   active commuters and measured with a digital curvimetric distance   measurement device could serve such a purpose. Methods: Participants   were recruited when walking or bicycling in the inner urban area of   Stockholm, Sweden. Questionnaires and individually adjusted maps were   sent twice to the participants (n = 133). Commuting routes from home to   work were drawn on the maps. These were measured using a digital   curvimetric distance measurer that was carefully controlled for   validity and reproducibility. Marked points of origin and destination   were checked for validity and reproducibility using stated addresses   and address geocoding systems. Nineteen participants were followed with   a global positioning system (GPS) to control for validity of drawn   routes. An analysis of the effect on distance measurements of any   deviations between GPS route tracings and drawn routes was undertaken.   Results: No order effects were noted on distance measurements, and the   test-retest intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.999 (P <= 0.001).   The map markings of route origins and destinations were accurate and   reproducible. GPS tracings of actual commuting routes taken (n = 19) as   displayed in six cases had slight deviations from the routes drawn by   the commuters on maps. However, these deviations played an   insubstantial role (0.4%) for the distances measured. Conclusion: When   physically active commuters draw their commuting routes on maps, they   create a valid and reproducible basis for route distance measurements.   In combination with an accurate digital curvimetric distance-measuring   device, a potential criterion method for measuring the commuting route   distance is established.

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2009. Vol. 41, no 2, p. 472-478
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8579DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b13e3181877aafISI: 000262601200027PubMedID: 19127176Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-65449167530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-8579DiVA, id: diva2:173796
Available from: 2009-02-17 Created: 2009-02-17 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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