Comparison of three generations of ActiGraph activity monitors in children and adolescents

a Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health , San Diego State University , San Diego , California , USA.
Journal of Sports Sciences (Impact Factor: 2.25). 08/2012; 30(13):1429-35. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2012.710761
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Abstract In this study, we evaluated agreement among three generations of ActiGraph™ accelerometers in children and adolescents. Twenty-nine participants (mean age = 14.2 ± 3.0 years) completed two laboratory-based activity sessions, each lasting 60 min. During each session, participants concurrently wore three different models of the ActiGraph™ accelerometers (GT1M, GT3X, GT3X+). Agreement among the three models for vertical axis counts, vector magnitude counts, and time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise (MVPA) was evaluated by calculating intraclass correlation coefficients and Bland-Altman plots. The intraclass correlation coefficient for total vertical axis counts, total vector magnitude counts, and estimated MVPA was 0.994 (95% CI = 0.989-0.996), 0.981 (95% CI = 0.969-0.989), and 0.996 (95% CI = 0.989-0.998), respectively. Inter-monitor differences for total vertical axis and vector magnitude counts ranged from 0.3% to 1.5%, while inter-monitor differences for estimated MVPA were equal to or close to zero. On the basis of these findings, we conclude that there is strong agreement between the GT1M, GT3X, and GT3X+ activity monitors, thus making it acceptable for researchers and practitioners to use different ActiGraph™ models within a given study.

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    • "Sedentary time was measured using the ActiGraph accelerometer models GT1M, GT3X and GT3X+ (ActiGraph TM, LLC, Pensacola, FL, US). Previous studies have demonstrated that there is strong agreement between measures from GT1M, GT3X and GT3X+ activity monitors (Robusto & Trost, 2012; Vanhelst et al., 2012). For standardisation purposes, the GT1M accelerometers were set at 2-s epoch, whereas the GT3X+ was set at 30 Hz and their data were successively converted into 2-s epoch in the download. "
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    • "). There is a strong agreement between the GT1M, GT3X and GT3X+ accelerometers, which makes it acceptable to use these activity monitors together in one study (Robusto & Trost, 2012). All accelerometers were worn on the right hip, secured by an elastic waistband . "
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    • "This accelerometer has been widely validated in laboratory settings and free-living conditions with children and adolescents without disabilities (Freedson, Pober, & Janz, 2005). Recent studies have showed that there is strong agreement among the three models (Robusto & Trost, 2013; Vanhelst et al., 2012). Adolescents were instructed to wear the accelerometer for 7 consecutives days at the lower back fitted with an elastic belt, excepted during sleep hours and water-based activities. "
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