Comparability of postural and physical activity metrics from different accelerometer brands worn on the thigh: data harmonization possibilities

Charlotte Edwardson, Ben Maylor, Nathan Dawkins, Tatiana Plekhanova, Alex Rowlands

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    Abstract

    The aim was to establish which postural and physical activity outcomes are comparable across different accelerometer brands worn on the thigh when processed using open-source methods. Twenty participants wore four accelerometers (Axivity, ActiGraph, activPAL, GENEActiv) for three free-living days. Postural and physical activity outputs (average acceleration, intensity gradient, intensity of the most active 30 min, 60 min, and 8 h) were generated. Postural outputs: Mean absolute percent errors (MAPEs) were low, reliability excellent, and equivalency within the 5% zone across all monitor pairings for sitting/lying and upright times, but not specific lying postures. Physical activity outputs: MAPEs were higher and reliability lower than for sitting/lying and upright time. However, the majority of the outcomes were within the 10% equivalency zone for Axivity/GENEActiv and Axivity/ActiGraph pairings. Total sitting/lying and upright times show strong potential for harmonization across studies utilizing different thigh-worn accelerometers. The majority of acceleration outcomes compare well for Axivity, GENEActiv, and ActiGraph.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2021

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