A1 Journal article (refereed)
Hip and wrist accelerometers showed consistent associations with fitness and fatness in children aged 8‐12 years (2020)

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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All authors or editors: 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.

Journal or series: Acta Paediatrica

ISSN: 0803-5253

eISSN: 1651-2227

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 109

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 995-1003

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.15043

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65864


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.

Keywords: physical training; physical fitness; acceleration; measurement; measuring instruments (devices); hip; wrists; welfare technology

Free keywords: adiposity; exercise; hip accelerometers; physical fitness; waist accelerometers

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Reporting Year: 2020

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