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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432935/accelerometry-based-assessment-and-detection-of-early-signs-of-balance-deficits
#1
Heidi Similä, Milla Immonen, Miikka Ermes
Falls are the cause for more than half of the injury-related hospitalizations among older people. Accurate assessment of individuals' fall risk could enable targeted interventions to reduce the risk. This paper presents a novel method for using wearable accelerometers to detect early signs of deficits in balance from gait. Gait acceleration data were analyzed from 35 healthy female participants (73.86±5.40 years). The data were collected with waist-mounted accelerometer and the participants performed three supervised balance tests: Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed-Up-and-Go (TUG) and 4m walk...
April 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430147/suitability-of-strain-gage-sensors-for-integration-into-smart-sport-equipment-a-golf-club-example
#2
Anton Umek, Yuan Zhang, Sašo Tomažič, Anton Kos
Wearable devices and smart sport equipment are being increasingly used in amateur and professional sports. Smart sport equipment employs various sensors for detecting its state and actions. The correct choice of the most appropriate sensor(s) is of paramount importance for efficient and successful operation of sport equipment. When integrated into the sport equipment, ideal sensors are unobstructive, and do not change the functionality of the equipment. The article focuses on experiments for identification and selection of sensors that are suitable for the integration into a golf club with the final goal of their use in real time biofeedback applications...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428848/modeling-activity-patterns-of-wildlife-using-time-series-analysis
#3
Jindong Zhang, Vanessa Hull, Zhiyun Ouyang, Liang He, Thomas Connor, Hongbo Yang, Jinyan Huang, Shiqiang Zhou, Zejun Zhang, Caiquan Zhou, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu
The study of wildlife activity patterns is an effective approach to understanding fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes. However, traditional statistical approaches used to conduct quantitative analysis have thus far had limited success in revealing underlying mechanisms driving activity patterns. Here, we combine wavelet analysis, a type of frequency-based time-series analysis, with high-resolution activity data from accelerometers embedded in GPS collars to explore the effects of internal states (e...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427543/changes-in-physical-activity-and-sedentary-behaviour-following-pulmonary-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-copd
#4
Rafael Mesquita, Kenneth Meijer, Fabio Pitta, Helena Azcuna, Yvonne M J Goërtz, Johannes M N Essers, Emiel F M Wouters, Martijn A Spruit
A more profound investigation about the responses in activity levels following pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in patients with COPD is needed. We aimed to describe groups of patients with COPD according to patterns of change in physical activity and sedentary behaviour following PR. 90 patients with COPD (60% male; mean age 67 ± 8; median FEV1 47 (32-62) %pred) completed a comprehensive PR programme. A triaxial accelerometer was used to assess the time in sedentary behaviour, light activities and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427462/within-person-associations-of-young-adolescents-physical-activity-across-five-primary-locations-is-there-evidence-of-cross-location-compensation
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Jordan A Carlson, Tarrah B Mitchell, Brian E Saelens, Vincent S Staggs, Jacqueline Kerr, Lawrence D Frank, Jasper Schipperijn, Terry L Conway, Karen Glanz, Jim E Chapman, Kelli L Cain, James F Sallis
BACKGROUND: Youth are active in multiple locations, but it is unknown whether more physical activity in one location is associated with less in other locations. This cross-sectional study examines whether on days with more physical activity in a given location, relative to their typical activity in that location, youth had less activity in other locations (i.e., within-person associations/compensation). METHODS: Participants were 528 adolescents, ages 12 to 16 (M = 14...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425739/sleep-duration-partially-accounts-for-race-differences-in-diurnal-cortisol-dynamics
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Laurel M Peterson, Karissa G Miller, Patricia M Wong, Barbara P Anderson, Thomas W Kamarck, Karen A Matthews, Clemens Kirschbaum, Stephen B Manuck
OBJECTIVE: Emerging research demonstrates race differences in diurnal cortisol slope, an indicator of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA)-axis functioning associated with morbidity and mortality, with African Americans showing flatter diurnal slopes than their White counterparts. Sleep characteristics are associated with both race and with HPA-axis functioning. The present report examines whether sleep duration may account for race differences in cortisol dynamics. METHOD: Participants were 424 employed African American and White adults (mean age = 42...
May 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425095/psychomotor-tremor-and-proprioceptive-control-problems-in-current-and-former-stimulant-drug-users-an-accelerometer-study-of-heavy-users-of-amphetamine-mdma-and-other-recreational-stimulants
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Luke A Downey, Brenda Tysse, Talitha C Ford, Angela C Samuels, Rory P Wilson, Andrew C Parrott
The recreational use of various stimulant drugs has been implicated in the development of movement disorders through dysregulation of the dopaminergic and serotoninergic neurotransmitter systems. The present study investigated psychomotor differences in current and former recreational stimulant drug users compared with nonusing controls. Sixty participants comprised 3 groups: 20 current stimulant drug users (CSUs; 11 men, aged 31.4 ± 9.1 years), 20 former stimulant drug users (FSUs; 5 men, aged 39.1 ± 8.5 years), and 20 nonuser controls (NUCs; 5 men, aged 35...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425091/marine-bioluminescence-measurement-by-a-classical-light-sensor-and-related-foraging-behaviour-of-a-deep-diving-predator
#8
Jade Vacquié-Garcia, Jérôme Mallefet, Frédéric Bailleul, Baptiste Picard, Christophe Guinet
Bioluminescence is produced by a broad range of organisms for defense, predation or communication purposes. Southern elephant seal (SES) vision is adapted to low intensity light with a peak sensitivity, matching the wavelength emitted by myctophid species, one of the main prey of female SES. A total of 11 satellite-tracked female SES were equipped with a Time-Depth-Light 3D-accelerometers (TDR10-X) in order to assess whether bioluminescence could be used by SES to locate their prey. First, we demonstrated experimentally that the TDR10-X light sensor was sensitive enough to detect natural bioluminescence; however, we highlighted a low distance detection of the sensor...
April 20, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422662/use-of-accelerometers-in-the-control-of-practical-prosthetic-arms
#9
Peter Kyberd, Adrian Poulton
Accelerometers can be used to augment the control of powered prosthetic arms. They can detect the orientation of the joint and limb and the controller can correct for the amount of torque required to move the limb. They can also be used to create a platform, with a fixed orientation relative to gravity for the object held in the hand. This paper describes three applications for this technology, in a powered wrist and powered arm. By adding sensors to the arm making these data available to the controller, the input from the user can be made simpler...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422585/validation-of-the-ipaq-against-different-accelerometer-cut-points-in-older-cancer-survivors-and-adults-at-risk-of-cancer
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Liane S Lewis, James Hernon, Allan Clark, John M Saxton
INTRODUCTION: The present study investigated the convergent validity of an interview-administered IPAQ long version (IPAQ-L) in an older population by comparison with objective accelerometry movement data. METHODS: Data from 52 participants (mean age 67.9 years, 62% male) were included in the analysis. Treadmill derived (TM-ACC: 1952-5724 cpm) and free-living physical activity (PA) derived (FL-ACC: 760-5724 cpm) accelerometer cut-points were used as criterion. RESULTS: IPAQ-L measures (total PA, leisure-time, walking-time, sedentary time) were significantly correlated with accelerometry (P≤0...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422551/estimation-of-gait-independence-using-a-tri-axial-accelerometer-in-stroke-patients
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Yoshifumi Kijima, Ryoji Kiyama, Masaki Sekine, Toshiyo Tamura, Toshiro Fujimoto, Tetsuo Maeda, Tadasu Ohshige
The purpose of this study was to clarify whether a gait analysis using an accelerometer could estimate gait independence. Eighty-six stroke patients and 21 healthy control subjects participated in this study. Stroke patients were identified as dependent or independent based on their gait ability. The acceleration of the trunk and bilateral thigh was measured using three wireless sensors during walking. The root mean square, gait regularity, and symmetry were calculated from the acceleration to estimate gait quality...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420602/the-fitbit-one-physical-activity-tracker-in-men-with-prostate-cancer-validation-study
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Erin L Van Blarigan, Stacey A Kenfield, Lucy Tantum, Lisa A Cadmus-Bertram, Peter R Carroll, June M Chan
BACKGROUND: Physical activity after cancer diagnosis improves quality of life and may lengthen survival. However, objective data in cancer survivors are limited and no physical activity tracker has been validated for use in this population. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to validate the Fitbit One's measures of physical activity over 7 days in free-living men with localized prostate cancer. METHODS: We validated the Fitbit One against the gold-standard ActiGraph GT3X+ accelerometer in 22 prostate cancer survivors under free-living conditions for 7 days...
April 18, 2017: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420599/use-of-machine-learning-classifiers-and-sensor-data-to-detect-neurological-deficit-in-stroke-patients
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Eunjeong Park, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Hyo Suk Nam
BACKGROUND: The pronator drift test (PDT), a neurological examination, is widely used in clinics to measure motor weakness of stroke patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a PDT tool with machine learning classifiers to detect stroke symptoms based on quantification of proximal arm weakness using inertial sensors and signal processing. METHODS: We extracted features of drift and pronation from accelerometer signals of wearable devices on the inner wrists of 16 stroke patients and 10 healthy controls...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420363/context-matters-sources-of-variability-in-weekend-physical-activity-among-families-a-repeated-measures-study
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Robert J Noonan, Stuart J Fairclough, Zoe R Knowles, Lynne M Boddy
BACKGROUND: Family involvement is an essential component of effective physical activity (PA) interventions in children. However, little is known about the PA levels and characteristics of PA among families. This study used a repeated measures design and multiple data sources to explore the variability and characteristics of weekend PA among families. METHODS: Families (including a 'target' child aged 9-11 years, their primary caregiver(s) and siblings aged 6-8 years) were recruited through primary schools in Liverpool, UK...
April 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419817/objectively-measured-physical-activity-in-patients-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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David R Bell, Karin A Pfeiffer, Lisa A Cadmus-Bertram, Stephanie M Trigsted, Adam Kelly, Eric G Post, Joseph M Hart, Dane B Cook, Warren R Dunn, Christopher Kuenze
BACKGROUND: Returning to a healthy level of physical activity is among the most commonly discussed clinical goals for patients recovering from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). However, physical activity has not been objectively measured in this population. PURPOSE: To investigate differences in the mean time (min/d) spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) as well as the daily step count (steps/d) between patients who underwent ACLR and matched controls...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419028/physical-activity-assessment-with-the-actigraph-gt3x-and-doubly-labeled-water
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Andrea K Chomistek, Changzheng Yuan, Charles E Matthews, Richard P Troiano, Heather R Bowles, Jennifer Rood, Junaidah B Barnett, Walter C Willett, Eric B Rimm, David R Bassett
PURPOSE: To compare the degree to which four accelerometer metrics-total activity counts per day (TAC/d), steps per day (steps/d), physical activity energy expenditure (PAEE, kcal/kg/day), and moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA, min/d)- were correlated with PAEE measured by doubly-labeled water (DLW). Additionally, accelerometer metrics based on vertical axis counts and triaxial counts were compared. METHODS: This analysis included 684 women and 611 men aged 43 - 83 years...
April 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419025/ensemble-methods-for-classification-of-physical-activities-from-wrist-accelerometry
#17
Alok Kumar Chowdhury, Dian Tjondronegoro, Vinod Chandran, Stewart G Trost
PURPOSE: To investigate whether the use of ensemble learning algorithms improve physical activity recognition accuracy compared to the single classifier algorithms, and to compare the classification accuracy achieved by three conventional ensemble machine learning methods (bagging, boosting, random forest) and a custom ensemble model comprising four algorithms commonly used for activity recognition (binary decision tree, k nearest neighbour, support vector machine, and neural network)...
April 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416901/mechanical-efficiency-in-children-with-different-body-weight-a-longitudinal-assessment-of-the-quality-cohort
#18
G Jabbour, A Tremblay, M Henderson, M-E Mathieu
Net mechanical efficiency (MEnet), which reflects the body's ability to transfer energy above resting levels in external work, is similar in young children regardless of their body weights. However, it is unclear whether MEnet remains stable during growth and maturation. We sought to determine whether net mechanical efficiency (MEnet) changes over a period of 3 years in children and to identify the factors associated with possible changes. A total of 169 children participating in the QUALITY (Quebec Adipose and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth) cohort completed an incremental cycling test, resulting in the same maximal power output during both visits...
March 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416352/setting-them-up-for-lifetime-activity-play-competence-perceptions-and-physical-activity-in-young-children
#19
Lisa M Barnett, Nicola D Ridgers, Kylie Hesketh, Jo Salmon
OBJECTIVES: Possessing positive physical perceived competence is important for physical activity in older children. Young children are primarily physically active through play-based behaviour rather than through organised sports and activities, so understanding how play perceptions might influence physical activity behaviour is important. The study purpose was to assess if perceived active play competence is associated with young children's physical activity. DESIGN: Cross sectional study...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416013/no-seasonal-variation-in-physical-activity-of-han-chinese-living-in-beijing
#20
Guanlin Wang, Baoguo Li, Xueying Zhang, Chaoqun Niu, Jianbo Li, Li Li, John R Speakman
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is widely acknowledged to be beneficial to health and wellbeing, and is potentially influenced by a variety of environmental factors such as ambient temperature, weather conditions and air pollution levels. Since these factors vary seasonally, physical activity participation may also respond seasonally. Current population studies to profile physical activity often sample individuals only once, and this may result in biased estimates if there is strong seasonal variation...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
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