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Vol 70, No 3 (2019)
DEVELOPMENT IN MARITIME MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2019-10-03
Submitted: 2019-08-26
Accepted: 2019-09-05
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Development of physical training smartphone application to maintain fitness levels in seafarers

Gopi Battineni, Marzio Di Canio, Nalini Chintalapudi, Francesco Amenta, Giulio Nittari
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2019.0028
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Pubmed: 31617935
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International Maritime Health 2019;70(3):180-186.

open access

Vol 70, No 3 (2019)
DEVELOPMENT IN MARITIME MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2019-10-03
Submitted: 2019-08-26
Accepted: 2019-09-05

Abstract

Background: In recent years, the prevention of non-communicable diseases represents one of the main problems of preventive medicine. Significant risk factor for these diseases is sedentary lifestyle; in other words, lack of physical activity. It is happened, especially in seafarers, since they do not have much facilitates to do physical exercise on board. The present study is designed to develop a simple user-guide mobile application to conduct activities with available equipment on board a ship. 

Materials and methods: We held two pilot tests for app evolution. In the first phase, we selected members (n = 13) and produced a questionnaire related to usability, feasibility, and accessibility of the app. Based on the responses from users, we developed the second version of the app and provided to (n = 15) random seafarers for testing and operating. 

Results: On average, 93.3% of seafarers mentioned that app was easy to use, while in the first phase it was equal to 84.6%. At the same time, 89.9% of users were satisfied with feasibility, and we had accomplished 95% satisfaction rate in the second phase. Ultimately, we had achieved better responses in the second evolution phase when compared with the first phase. 

Conclusions: This app is made for planning a quality physical activity program for seamen that allows a seafarer to choose the adequate activity in line with his physical characteristic, fitness level, and motivations. 

Abstract

Background: In recent years, the prevention of non-communicable diseases represents one of the main problems of preventive medicine. Significant risk factor for these diseases is sedentary lifestyle; in other words, lack of physical activity. It is happened, especially in seafarers, since they do not have much facilitates to do physical exercise on board. The present study is designed to develop a simple user-guide mobile application to conduct activities with available equipment on board a ship. 

Materials and methods: We held two pilot tests for app evolution. In the first phase, we selected members (n = 13) and produced a questionnaire related to usability, feasibility, and accessibility of the app. Based on the responses from users, we developed the second version of the app and provided to (n = 15) random seafarers for testing and operating. 

Results: On average, 93.3% of seafarers mentioned that app was easy to use, while in the first phase it was equal to 84.6%. At the same time, 89.9% of users were satisfied with feasibility, and we had accomplished 95% satisfaction rate in the second phase. Ultimately, we had achieved better responses in the second evolution phase when compared with the first phase. 

Conclusions: This app is made for planning a quality physical activity program for seamen that allows a seafarer to choose the adequate activity in line with his physical characteristic, fitness level, and motivations. 

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Keywords

physical training; internet; mobile applications; fitness levels; body mass index

About this article
Title

Development of physical training smartphone application to maintain fitness levels in seafarers

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 70, No 3 (2019)

Pages

180-186

Published online

2019-10-03

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2019.0028

Pubmed

31617935

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2019;70(3):180-186.

Keywords

physical training
internet
mobile applications
fitness levels
body mass index

Authors

Gopi Battineni
Marzio Di Canio
Nalini Chintalapudi
Francesco Amenta
Giulio Nittari

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