Evaluation of low-cost, objective instruments for assessing physical activity in 10–11-year-old children

Teresa L. Hart, Timothy Brusseau, Pamela Kulinna, James J. McClain, Catrine Tudor-Locke

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Abstract

This study compared step counts detected by four, low-cost, objective, physical-activity-assessment instruments and evaluated their ability to detect moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) compared to the ActiGraph accelerometer (AG). Thirty-six 10–11-year-old children wore the NL-1000, Yamax Digiwalker SW 200, Omron HJ-151, and Walk4Life MVP concurrently with the AG during school hours on a single day. AG MVPA was derived from activity count data using previously validated cut points. Two of the evaluated instruments provided similar group mean MVPA and step counts compared to AG (dependent on cut point). Low-cost instruments may be useful for measurement of both MVPA and steps in children’s physical activity interventions and program evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-609
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Volume82
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Accelerometers
  • Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • Pedometers
  • Steps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Nephrology

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