Using Wearable Activity Trackers to Monitor Physical Activity in Older Adults Undergoing Exercise Interventions for Falls

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department / Centre
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Western Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr David Scott d.scott@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Gustavo Duque gustavo.duque@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary Exercise targeting improvements in muscle strength and balance is beneficial for the prevention of falls in older adults. However, it is difficult to monitor physical activity levels in older adults who have been prescribed exercise training. Wearable activity trackers, such as Fitbit, may provide a useful tool for monitoring physical activity in this population.

Project Details

This study will examine three-month changes in physical activity, assessed by Fitbit devices, in older adults who have recently experienced a fall and who are completing either a personalised exercise program or usual care. We will determine whether fallers complete more physical activity when prescribed an exercise program compared to usual care, and whether higher levels of physical activity are associated with reduced risk factors for falls after three months. Students involved in this project will assist with recruitment of patients and data collection, including assessing changes in physical activity, physical performance and completing body composition scans.


School Research Themes

Ageing, Musculoskeletal



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Western Health

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