Assessment of Physical Activity Using Wearable Monitors: Recommendations for Monitor Calibration and Use in the Field

FREEDSON, PATTY1; BOWLES, HEATHER R.2; TROIANO, RICHARD2; HASKELL, WILLIAM3

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182399b7e
Original Articles
Abstract

ABSTRACT: This article provides recommendations for the use of wearable monitors for assessing physical activity. We have provided recommendations for measurement researchers, end users, and developers of activity monitors. We discuss new horizons and future directions in the field of objective measurement of physical activity and present challenges that remain for the future. These recommendations are based on the proceedings from the workshop “Objective Measurement of Physical Activity: Best Practices and Future Direction,” held on July 20–21, 2009, and also on data and information presented since the workshop.

Author Information

1Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA; 2Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch, Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD; and 3Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Address for correspondence: Patty Freedson, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Totman Building, Amherst, MA 01003; E-mail: psf@kin.umass.edu.

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