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Evaluation of Applications for Mobile Devices on the Practice of Physical Exercise in Adolescents

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Department of Special Didactics, Faculty of Science Education and Sport, Universidade de Vigo, 36005 Vigo, Spain
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Education, Physical Activity and Health Research Group (Gies10-DE3), Galicia Sur Health Research Institute (IIS Galicia Sur), SERGAS-UVIGO, 36208 Vigo, Spain
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Department of Sports Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Isabel I University, 09003 Burgos, Spain
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Academic Editors: Jenny Pange, Zoi Nikiforidou and Agostino Forestiero
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(6), 2784; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12062784
Received: 20 December 2021 / Revised: 31 January 2022 / Accepted: 5 March 2022 / Published: 8 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ICT and Statistics in Education)
The use of mobile devices has changed the way we relate to each other, influencing teaching–learning processes and the motivation of adolescents towards these processes. One of the most developed tools has been applications (apps), which are software used on cell phones, tablets or computers. Hence, the aim of this study is to analyze the content of applications for mobile devices that is considered the most suitable complement to Physical Education (PE) classes for secondary school students. A retrospective descriptive study was carried out, collecting information on the main characteristics of 31 free fitness apps: the descriptive, technical, educational and psychological dimensions. The results of this study show that most of the apps for physical activity have recent updates and are mainly related to cardiovascular exercise or strength for two purposes: either for exercise accounting or the creation of training plans for the user. They are intended for users of very heterogeneous ages and, therefore, do not take into account their individual characteristics. They do not have an adequate design to facilitate their didactic use. Therefore, we conclude that the applications evaluated lack the necessary educational potential to be used in the PE classroom. Based on the content analysis carried out, we describe a series of criteria that allow teachers and adolescents themselves to select physical exercise apps, and we propose to carry out research to guide developers when developing digital training/physical exercise content with an educational component that can be used as a complement for adolescents in- and outside the field of PE. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile application; informal learning; ubiquitous learning; digital skills; physical education; physical exercise mobile application; informal learning; ubiquitous learning; digital skills; physical education; physical exercise
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Alonso-Fernández, D.; Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Á.; Portela-Pino, I.; Taboada-Iglesias, Y. Evaluation of Applications for Mobile Devices on the Practice of Physical Exercise in Adolescents. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 2784. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12062784

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Alonso-Fernández D, Gutiérrez-Sánchez Á, Portela-Pino I, Taboada-Iglesias Y. Evaluation of Applications for Mobile Devices on the Practice of Physical Exercise in Adolescents. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(6):2784. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12062784

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Alonso-Fernández, Diego, Águeda Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Iago Portela-Pino, and Yaiza Taboada-Iglesias. 2022. "Evaluation of Applications for Mobile Devices on the Practice of Physical Exercise in Adolescents" Applied Sciences 12, no. 6: 2784. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12062784

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