Effects of different backpack loads in acceleration transmission during recreational distance walking

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Title: Effects of different backpack loads in acceleration transmission during recreational distance walking
Authors: Lucas Cuevas, Ángel G. | Pérez-Soriano, Pedro | Bush, Michael | Crossman, Aaron | Llana Belloch, Salvador | Cortell-Tormo, Juan M. | Pérez Turpin, José Antonio
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte (GICAFD)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: Accelerometry | Load carriage | Treadmill | Walking
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva | Didáctica de la Expresión Corporal
Issue Date: 5-Jul-2013
Publisher: Academy of Physical Education in Katowice
Citation: Journal of Human Kinetics. 2013, 37(1): 81-89. doi:10.2478/hukin-2013-0028
Abstract: It is well established nowadays the benefits that physical activity can have on the health of individuals. Walking is considered a fundamental method of movement and using a backpack is a common and economical manner of carrying load weight. Nevertheless, the shock wave produced by the impact forces when carrying a backpack can have detrimental effects on health status. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate differences in the accelerations placed on males and females whilst carrying different loads when walking. Twenty nine sports science students (16 males and 13 females) participated in the study under 3 different conditions: no weight, 10% and 20% body weight (BW) added in a backpack. Accelerometers were attached to the right shank and the centre of the forehead. Results showed that males have lower accelerations than females both in the head (2.62 ± 0.43G compared to 2.83 + 0.47G) and shank (1.37 ± 0.14G compared to 1.52 ± 0.15G; p<0.01). Accelerations for males and females were consistent throughout each backpack condition (p>0.05). The body acts as a natural shock absorber, reducing the amount of force that transmits through the body between the foot (impact point) and head. Anthropometric and body mass distribution differences between males and females may result in women receiving greater impact acceleration compared to men when the same load is carried.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/33760
ISSN: 1640-5544 | 1899-7562 (Online)
DOI: 10.2478/hukin-2013-0028
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 3.0
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/hukin-2013-0028
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