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Abstract

Validation of the activpaltm in the health promotion context

Aphrodite Tsavourelou

Background: The health value of an active lifestyle is well recognized. However, the behavioral and psychological correlates of physical activity need further investigation. Purpose: We hypothesized that physiotherapists are significantly different from non-health related professionals in a) Health Locus of Control and b) physical activity levels as measured by activPALTM (PAL Technologies Ltd) and that physical activity levels are significantly correlated with Health Locus of Control. Material and Methods: A convenience sample of 10 physiotherapists and 10 non-health related professionals completed the Health Locus of Control scale and then was monitored by the activPALTM for 24hours. The activPALTM’s accuracy, test-retest and inter-instrument reliability was tested in a single participant study. Study design, Cross-sectional study. Results: Physiotherapists were statistically significant more active (p