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Bibliometric Analysis of Fitness Equipment: How Scientific Focuses Affect Life-Cycle Approaches and Sustainable Ways of Development

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IGOID Research Group, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Avda, Carlos III s/n, 45071 Toledo, Spain
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Physical Education and Sport Department, University of Valencia, Calle Gascó Oliag 3, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Social Psychology Department, University of Valencia, Avda, Blasco Ibañez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5728; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205728
Received: 6 September 2019 / Revised: 8 October 2019 / Accepted: 14 October 2019 / Published: 16 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cultural Crossovers and Social Sustainability)
Research Question: Although fitness equipment is recognised worldwide as a tool for physical activities and a sustainable result in optimizing human movements within a wide range of environments, the state of the art and scientific advances have not been analysed from a bibliometric point of view. Research Methods: Using descriptive bibliometric software, this study examined the scientific production, and the most prolific authors, articles, and institutions. Bibliometric maps were used to visualise the content of published articles and to determine the most prolific terms, co-citation, and co-authorship. Results and Findings: A total of 678 original papers were retrieved from 447 journals in Web of Science®. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research had the highest number of articles (25), while the American Journal of Preventive Medicine the highest number of global citations (656). Citation and co-authorship networks were defined. Implications: Research on fitness equipment is still in an early maturation stage with 30 years of scientific development in its timeline. Fitness equipment and its related fields of application could represent a real step into a more sustainable balance between the economic, environmental, and social spheres. View Full-Text
Keywords: bibliometrics; culture; fitness equipment; life-cycle behaviours; product sustainability bibliometrics; culture; fitness equipment; life-cycle behaviours; product sustainability
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Addolorato, S.; Calabuig, F.; Prado-Gascó, V.; Gallardo, L.; García-Unanue, J. Bibliometric Analysis of Fitness Equipment: How Scientific Focuses Affect Life-Cycle Approaches and Sustainable Ways of Development. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5728.

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