Accelerometer-derived Physical Activity Estimates And Daily Wear Time In Children (Abstract)

Wendy Y. Huang, Ruirui Xing, Stephen H. S. Wong

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Most of the studies applying the accelerometers to quantify physical activity (PA) and sedentary time (ST) require participants to wear the devices during waking hours only. There is no consensus on how many wearing hours are enough to reflect daily activity behavior in free-living conditions. Whether wear time has substantial impact on accelerometer-based estimates remains unclear.

PURPOSE: To examine whether accelerometer-derived metrics were dependent on daily wear time.

METHODS: Baseline data from 120 children (24.2% boys) aged 8 to 11 years who participated in the longitudinal study on active travel were analyzed. They were instructed to wear an ActiGraph wGT3x accelerometry on the waist for 7 to 10 consecutive days, only removing it while swimming and bathing. Accelerometer-derived metrics included daily wear time, total activity counts (TAC), ST, light-intensity PA (LPA), moderate-intensity PA (MPA), vigorous-intensity PA (VPA), moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA), moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) bouts ≥ 10 minutes (MVPA-10), and proportion of VPA within MVPA (%VPA). Linear mixed models were performed to examine the relationships of these metrics with daily wear time which was categorized into quarters.

RESULTS: Majority of the children (96%) provided at least 3 valid accelerometer wear days (defined as ≥ 480 minutes of valid wear time per day), with a total of 797 valid wear days included in analyses. After adjustment for age, sex, and body mass index, none of the PA metrics was completely independent on wear time. A linear relationship was found between wear time and four PA metrics including TAC, MPA, LPA, and ST. However, MVPA estimates were comparable between the first (8 to 11 hours per day) and second quarters (11 to 13 hours per day) of wear time (mean ± standard error: 31.4 ± 1.8 vs 35.7 ± 1.8 minutes, NS). Similar results were found for MVPA-10, VPA, and %VPA.

CONCLUSIONS: Accelerometer-derived PA metrics were largely dependent on wear time. MVPA minutes seem to be comparable across wear time of 13 hours per day or less. Comparisons of accelerometer-derived PA estimates between studies need to be cautious and taken into account of differences in wear duration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-402
Number of pages1
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number7S
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020
EventAmerican College of Sports Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting - Online and, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 26 May 202030 May 2020


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