Master of Science in Kinesiology
Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
First Committee Member
John Mercer, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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This study examined the effects that cell phone use has on gait and situation awareness. Subjects (n=18; 24.67±3.60 yrs) completed three five-minute treadmill walking conditions (self-selected speed): (1) CONTROL (walking only), (2) TALK (walking and talking), and (3) TEXT (walking and texting). The number of detected lights presented in the visual field was recorded, as were kinematic data of the feet. Using a one-way repeated measure ANOVA it was determined light detection (F (2,17) =39.777, p<0.001) and TCmin (F(2,17) =8.574, p=0.001) were different between conditions. Specifically, light detection decreased during TEXT (2.6±2.2 lights) versus TALK (5.8±0.05 lights, p<0.001) or CONTROL (5.9±0.05 lights, p<0.001); TCmin decreased during TALK (56.3±3.66 mm, p=0.002) and TEXT (56.1±4.481 mm, p=0.014) versus CONTROL (58.5±4.35 mm). It is concluded that a reduction in toe clearance and decreased light detection ability occurs while walking and using a cell phone.
Accidents--Prevention; Cell phones; Distraction (Psychology); Gait in humans; Situational awareness
Biomechanics | Environmental Public Health | Kinesiology | Motor Control | Sports Sciences
Aldridge, Jennifer Marie, "The effect of concurrent cell phone use and walking on gait characteristics" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1131.