Hip and wrist accelerometers showed consistent associations with fitness and fatness in children aged 8‐12 years
Leppänen, M. H., Migueles, J. H., Cadenas‐Sanchez, C., Henriksson, P., Mora‐Gonzalez, J., Henriksson, H., Labayen, I., Löf, M., Esteban‐Cornejo, I., & Ortega, F. B. (2020). Hip and wrist accelerometers showed consistent associations with fitness and fatness in children aged 8‐12 years. Acta Paediatrica, 109(5), 995-1003. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.15043
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Aim. Physical activity (PA) has traditionally been measured wearing accelerometers on the hip, but they are increasingly being worn on the wrist. We compared hip and wrist accelerometers with regard to their acceptability and any associations between PA and fatness and fitness. Methods. This cross‐sectional study comprised 103 children aged 8‐12 years (62% boys) who participated in the ActiveBrains trial by the University of Granada, Spain, in 2014‐2016. The children wore both ActiGraph GT3X+ hip and wrist accelerometers round the clock for seven days. The acceptability of both placements was evaluated by a questionnaire, while the children' fat mass index, waist circumference, and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) were assessed. Results. Wearing wrist accelerometers caused less disturbance, mainly because hip accelerometers caused more issues during the night. The measurements from both placements showed that lower PA levels were associated with fatness and that increased PA was associated with CRF. Conclusion. Both placements showed consistent results with regard to measuring associations between PA levels and fatness and fitness. However, wearing them on the wrist caused less discomfort at night. Future studies are needed to confirm the best placement for accelerometers during PA studies. ...
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Additional information about fundingThis study was conducted under the umbrella of the ActiveBrains and the SmarterMove projects supported by the MINECO/FEDER (DEP2013-47540, DEP2016-79512-R, RYC-2011-09011). Other study funders were: the University of Granada, Research and Knowledge Transfer Fund 2016; Excellence actions: Scientific Units of Excellence; the Unit of Excellence on Exercise and Health, the Andalusian Regional Government, Consejeria de Conocimiento, Investigacion y Universidades, the European Regional Development Fund (SOMM17/6107/UGR), the SAMID III network (RETICS); the ISCIII- Sub-Directorate General for Research Assessment and Promotion, the EXERNET Research Network on Exercise and Health in Special Populations (DEP2005-00046/ACTI) and the European Union’s 2020 research and innovation programme (grant number) 667302. Further funding for individual authors came from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (FPU15/02645), the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (BES-2014-068829), the Strategic Research Area Health Care Science, Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University and the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation. ...
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