David Bassett

Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory, Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Phone: 865-974-8766
E-mail: dbassett@utk.edu

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David Bassett, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies is one of the world's most recognized experts in the area of measurement of physical activity energy expenditure. His work with various objective monitors of physical activity (accelerometers, pedometers, etc.) was key to the explosion of interest in these devices among researchers in the last decade. Bassett was among the first to demonstrate that certain pedometers could be valid and reliable research tools, thus providing a way for researchers to objectively document the activity levels of individuals.

Topics of expertise: Health, physical activity, energy expenditure, accelerometers, and pedometers.

Recent media coverage:

An entire industry has been built on the claim that 10,000 steps a day were necessary to be healthy. But where did the figure come from? The Guardian, September 3; MSN, Yahoo! News; Irish Times, September 11; Yahoo! News, September 14

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