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Validation of accelerometers

Conran Joseph, Björn Stömbäck, Maria Hagströmer, David Conradsson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility of using accelerometers to monitor physical activity in persons with stroke admitted to inpatient rehabilitation. DESIGN: Longitudinal observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Persons with stroke admitted to a specialized rehabilitation centre for sub-acute rehabilitation were recruited between August and December 2016. METHODS: Volume and intensity of physical activity were assessed with accelerometers throughout the rehabilitation period...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Myles W O'Brien, William R Wojcik, Lisette D'Entremont, Jonathon R Fowles
The purpose of the study was to: 1) Validate the PiezoRx® for steps and intensity related physical activity in free-living conditions compared to the criterion measure. 2) Compare PiezoRx®'s steps and intensity related physical activity to physiological assessments. 3) To assess the utility of the PiezoRx® in a subsample of participants. Thirty-nine participants consisting of 28 females aged 54.9±10.6 (33-74) years and 11 males aged 63.9±10.9 (44-80) years wore the PiezoRx® physical activity monitor and the ActiGraph® accelerometer for one full week and completed a physical assessment...
2018: International Journal of Exercise Science
Bunny J Pozehl, Rita Mcguire, Kathleen Duncan, Melody Hertzog, Pallav Deka, Joseph Norman, Nancy T Artinian, Matthew A Saval, Steven J Keteyian
BACKGROUND: Few studies report objective accelerometer-measured daily physical activity levels in patients with heart failure (HF). OBJECTIVE: We examined baseline accelerometer-measured physical activity from the Heart Failure Exercise and Resistance Training Camp trial, a federally funded (R01-HL112979) 18-month intervention study to promote adherence to exercise in patients with HF. Factors associated with physical activity levels were also explored. METHODS: Patients with diagnosed HF (stage C chronic HF confirmed by echocardiography and clinical evaluation) were recruited from 2 urban medical centers...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Jussi Jaakkola, Samuli Jaakkola, Olli Lahdenoja, Tero Hurnanen, Tero Koivisto, Mikko Pänkäälä, Timo Knuutila, Tuomas O Kiviniemi, Tuija Vasankari, K E Juhani Airaksinen
Because of the frequent asymptomatic presentation of atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke is too often its first manifestation.1 For effective stroke prevention, timely diagnosis of AF is crucial. Mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous, providing significant possibilities for screening applications. In mechanocardiography, mechanical cardiac activity is recorded with accelerometers and gyroscopes, standard components of modern smartphones.2 In our previous proof-of-concept study, smartphone mechanocardiography demonstrated 94% sensitivity and 100% specificity for detecting AF among 39 subjects...
March 11, 2018: Circulation
Scott E Crouter, Jennifer Flynn Oody, David R Bassett
This study developed and validated a vector magnitude (VM) two-regression model (2RM) for use with an ankle-worn ActiGraph accelerometer. For model development, 181 youth (mean ± SD; age, 12.0 ± 1.5 yr) completed 30 min of supine rest and 2-7 structured activities. For cross-validation, 42 youth (age, 12.6 ± 0.8 yr) completed approximately 2 hr of unstructured physical activity (PA). PA data were collected using an ActiGraph accelerometer, (non-dominant ankle) and the VM was expressed as counts/5-s...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
Heenam Yoon, Su Hwan Hwang, Sang Ho Choi, Jae-Won Choi, Yu Jin Lee, Do-Un Jeong, Kwang Suk Park
OBJECTIVES: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major sleep disorder that causes insufficient sleep, which is linked with daytime fatigue and accidents. Long-term sleep monitoring can provide meaningful information for patients with OSA to prevent and manage their symptoms. Even though various methods have been proposed to objectively measure sleep in ambulatory environments, less reliable information was provided in comparison with standard polysomnography (PSG). Therefore, this paper proposes an algorithm for distinguishing wakefulness from sleep using a patch-type device, which is applicable for both healthy individuals and patients with OSA...
March 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Kyle N Winfree, Gregory Dominick
Consumer-grade wearable activity devices such as Fitbits are increasingly being used in research settings to promote physical activity (PA) due to their low-cost and widespread popularity. However, Fitbit-derived measures of activity intensity are consistently reported to be less accurate than intensity estimates obtained from research-grade accelerometers (i.e., ActiGraph). As such, the potential for using a Fitbit to measure PA intensity within research contexts remains limited. This study aims to model ActiGraph-based intensity estimates from the validated Freedson vector magnitude (VM3) algorithm using measures of steps, metabolic equivalents, and intensity levels obtained from Fitbit...
March 2018: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
S E R Lim, K Ibrahim, A A Sayer, H C Roberts
BACKGROUND: The assessment of physical activity levels of hospitalised older people requires accurate and reliable measures. Physical activities that older people in hospital commonly engage in include exercises and walking. Measurement of physical activity levels of older inpatients is essential to evaluate the impact of interventions to improve physical activity levels and to determine associations between physical activity in hospital and other health-related outcome measures. OBJECTIVE: To determine which measures are used to measure physical activity of older people in hospital, and to describe their properties and applications...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Andrea Fusco, Giuseppe Francesco Giancotti, Philip X Fuchs, Herbert Wagner, Carlo Varalda, Laura Capranica, Cristina Cortis
Computerized Wobble Boards (WB) are inexpensive, transportable and user-friendly devices to objectively quantify the dynamic balance performances out of laboratory settings, although it has not been established if they are reliable and valid tools. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of a computerized WB. Thirty-nine (18 female, 21 male) young adults (age: 23.3±2.1years; body mass: 65.9±1.8kg; height: 168.2±8.8cm; leg length: 78.8±5.7cm; BMI: 23.2±2.1kg·m) participated in the study...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Alex V Rowlands, Deirdre M Harrington, Danielle H Bodicoat, Melanie J Davies, Lauren B Sherar, Trish Gorely, Kamlesh Khunti, Charlotte L Edwardson
PURPOSE: To determine the cross-sectional and cumulative compliance of adolescent girls to accelerometer wear at three deployment points and to identify variables associated with compliance. METHODS: Girls from 20 secondary schools were recruited: 10 schools were participating in the 'Girls Active' intervention and 10 were control schools. Physical activity was measured using the GENEActiv accelerometer worn on the non-dominant wrist 24 hours/day for up to 7-days at baseline, 7-months and 14-months...
February 23, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Joëlle Pion-Massicotte, Roger Godbout, Pierre Savard, Jean-François Roy
Portable polysomnography is often too complex and encumbering for recording sleep at home. We recorded sleep using a biometric shirt (electrocardiogram sensors, respiratory inductance plethysmography bands and an accelerometer) in 21 healthy young adults recorded in a sleep laboratory for two consecutive nights, together with standard polysomnography. Polysomnographic recordings were scored using standard methods. An algorithm was developed to classify the biometric shirt recordings into rapid eye movement sleep, non-rapid eye movement sleep and wake...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Sleep Research
Marcus Vinícius Nascimento-Ferreira, Augusto César Ferreira De Moraes, Paulo Vinícius Toazza-Oliveira, Claudia L M Forjaz, Juan Carlos Aristizabal, Alba M Santaliesra-Pasías, Candela Lepera, Walter Viana Nascimento-Junior, Estela Skapino, Carlos Alberto Delgado, Luis Alberto Moreno, Heráclito Barbosa Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to test the reliability and validity of the new and innovative physical activity (PA) questionnaire. METHODS: Subsamples from the South American Youth/Child Cardiovascular and Environment Study (SAYCARE) study were included to examine its reliability (children: n = 161; adolescents: n = 177) and validity (children: n = 82; adolescents: n = 60). The questionnaire consists of three dimensions of PA (leisure, active commuting, and school) performed during the last week...
March 2018: Obesity
Christoph Höchsmann, Raphael Knaier, Jennifer Eymann, Jonas Hintermann, Denis Infanger, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss
PURPOSE: To examine the validity of popular smartphone accelerometer applications and a consumer activity wristband compared to a widely-used research accelerometer while assessing the impact of the phone's position on the accuracy of step detection. METHODS: Twenty volunteers from two different age groups (Group A: 18-25 years, n=10; Group B 45-70 years, n=10) were equipped with three iPhone SE smartphones (placed in pants pocket, shoulder bag, and backpack), one Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (pants pocket), one Garmin Vivofit 2 wristband, and two ActiGraph wGTX+ devices (worn at wrist and hip) while walking on a treadmill (1...
February 20, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Sam L Cox, Florian Orgeret, Mathieu Gesta, Charles Rodde, Isaac Heizer, Henri Weimerskirch, Christophe Guinet
Biologging technologies are changing the way in which the marine environment is observed and monitored. However, because device retrieval is typically required to access the high-resolution data they collect, their use is generally restricted to those animals that predictably return to land. Data abstraction and transmission techniques aim to address this, although currently these are limited in scope and do not incorporate, for example, acceleration measurements which can quantify animal behaviours and movement patterns over fine-scales...
January 2018: Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Jacqueline Kerr, Jordan Carlson, Suneeta Godbole, Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, John Bellettiere, Sheri Hartman
PURPOSE: To improve estimates of sitting time from hip worn accelerometers used in large cohort studies by employing machine learning methods developed on free living activPAL data. METHODS: Thirty breast cancer survivors concurrently wore a hip worn accelerometer and a thigh worn activPAL for 7 days. A random forest classifier, trained on the activPAL data, was employed to detect sitting, standing and sit-stand transitions in 5 second windows in the hip worn accelerometer...
February 13, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Jonathan Hui, Richard Heyden, Tim Bao, Nicholas Accettone, Catherine McBay, Julie Richardson, Ada Tang
Purpose: We determined the correlation between the Fitbit One and Actical accelerometer for quantifying the 3-day step count and activity levels in community-dwelling individuals with stroke. Method: Twelve participants with a mean age of 62.6 (SD 9.3) years wore both the Fitbit One and the Actical on the non-paretic ankle for 3 days. Regression analyses were performed to examine concurrent validity between the devices for step counts and sedentary, light, moderate, and vigorous activity. The relative error of the Fitbit One compared with the Actical in measuring step count was calculated...
2018: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
Claire E Baldwin, Kylie N Johnston, Alex V Rowlands, Marie T Williams
Purpose: We estimated the agreement of a thigh-worn accelerometer, the activPAL, used to measure activity and sedentary parameters, with observed mobility assessments of intensive care unit (ICU) survivors. Method: We prospectively compared activPAL measurements with direct observation during assessments at discharge from the ICU or acute hospital in eight participants with a median age of 56 (1st-3rd quartile 48-65) years and an Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score of 23 (1st-3rd quartile 17-24)...
2018: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
Blake D McLean, Cloe Cummins, Greta Conlan, Grant Duthie, Aaron J Coutts
PURPOSE: Determine the relationship between drill type and accelerometer-derived loads during various team sport activities, and examine the influence of unit fitting on these loads. METHODS: Sixteen rugby league players were fitted with microtechnology devices in either manufacturer vests or playing jerseys before completing standardised running, agility and tackling drills. Two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) accelerometer loads (BodyLoadTM) per km were compared across drills and fittings (i...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Daniele Magistro, Paolo Riccardo Brustio, Marco Ivaldi, Dale Winfield Esliger, Massimiliano Zecca, Alberto Rainoldi, Gennaro Boccia
BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement devices are required to objectively quantify physical activity. Wearable activity monitors, such as pedometers, may serve as affordable and feasible instruments for measuring physical activity levels in older adults during their normal activities of daily living. Currently few available accelerometer-based steps counting devices have been shown to be accurate at slow walking speeds, therefore there is still lacking appropriate devices tailored for slow speed ambulation, typical of older adults...
2018: PloS One
Kieran P Dowd, Robert Szeklicki, Marco Alessandro Minetto, Marie H Murphy, Angela Polito, Ezio Ghigo, Hidde van der Ploeg, Ulf Ekelund, Janusz Maciaszek, Rafal Stemplewski, Maciej Tomczak, Alan E Donnelly
The links between increased participation in Physical Activity (PA) and improvements in health are well established. As this body of evidence has grown, so too has the search for measures of PA with high levels of methodological effectiveness (i.e. validity, reliability and responsiveness to change). The aim of this "review of reviews" was to provide a comprehensive overview of the methodological effectiveness of currently employed measures of PA, to aid researchers in their selection of an appropriate tool...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
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