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Journal Supplements Focused on Physical Activity Measurement

Objective Measurement of Physical Activity: Best Practices & Future Directions

This journal supplement summarizes and builds upon a workshop which convened researchers from diverse sectors and organizations to critically review the state-of-the-science. The supplement discusses current technologies for objective physical activity monitoring, provides recommendations for the use of these technologies, and explores future directions in the development of new tools and approaches. It presents best practices for using physical activity monitors in population-based research, explores modeling of physical activity outcomes from wearable monitors, and discusses statistical considerations in the analysis of accelerometry-based activity monitor data. It also examines monitor equivalency issues and discusses current use and best practices for accelerometry with particular populations -- children, older adults, and adults with functional limitations.

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Complete citation:
Objective measurement of physical activity: best practices and future directions. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 January; 44(suppl 1):S1-S89.

Measurement of Active & Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods

This journal supplement summarizes a workshop and webinar that explored the major challenges and opportunities for the use of self-report methods to measure active and sedentary behaviors. Additionally, it contains an overview of the history and evolution of self-report instruments, a commentary on the role of practitioners in instrument development, and a commentary on self-report measurement in low- and middle-income countries. The supplement is intended as a reference for navigating the considerations encountered when selecting an approach for self-report assessment or when deciding how to develop a new instrument.

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Complete citation:
Measurement of active and sedentary behaviors: closing the gaps in self-report methods. J Phys Act Health 2012 January;9(suppl):S1-S92.

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013