Professor and Interim Department Head, Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA
David Bassett’s main research interest is the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure in humans, especially with objective methods. He and his colleagues have studied the validity and reliability of pedometers, accelerometers, and heart rate monitors, and have developed new methods to measure physical activity in free-living people. Bassett has used pedometers to measure walking in various populations. Bassett has collaborated with researchers in the transportation policy and planning field to publish a study on walking, cycling, and obesity rates in fifteen countries on three continents. They reported that Europeans walked and cycled more than North Americans and Australians, and that levels of active transportation were inversely related to obesity rates in these countries. Currently, he and his colleagues are studying relationships between physical activity and obesity using state-level data within the US.