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Discrepancies in Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity in Children Due to Cut-Point Non-Equivalence and Placement Site

Routen, Ashley and Upton, Dominic and Edwards, Martin and Peters, D.M. (2012) Discrepancies in Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity in Children Due to Cut-Point Non-Equivalence and Placement Site. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 (12). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0264-0414 (print 1466-447X (online)

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Abstract

This study examined dissonance in physical activity (PA) between two youth-specific hip-derived intensity cut-points for the Actiwatch (AW), and compared PA between hip and wrist placements using site-specific cut-points. Twenty-four children aged 11.2 ± 0.5 years wore the AW on the right hip and non-dominant wrist during a typical school day. Minutes of sedentary behaviour and vigorous activity were greater using Puyau et al. (2002) cut-points, but light, moderate, and moderate-to-vigorous (MVPA) were greater when derived using Puyau et al. (2004) cut-points (P < 0.01). Total hip activity counts were lower than wrist. Sedentary minutes were greater at the hip, but minutes of light, vigorous and MVPA were lower (P < 0.01). Moderate minutes were greater at the hip, but differed only when applying the Puyau et al. (2004) cut-points (P < 0.01). In conclusion, data comparisons between two hip derived AW cut-points and between hip and wrist data are inappropriate. Future researchers using the AW at the hip should present data reduced using both published cut-points. As hip and wrist data differ, the wrist placement is preferable as it will likely increase children's compliance to monitoring protocols due to reduced obtrusiveness compared to the hip.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: body site, motion sensor, intensity thresholds, participant compliance, Actiwatch
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Ashley Routen
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2012 05:01
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1641

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