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J Sports Sci. 2010 Feb;28(4):375-9. doi: 10.1080/02640410903502790.

Reliability of the RT3 accelerometer for measurement of physical activity in adolescents.

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Laboratoire RELACS, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Dunkerque. jeremy.vanhelst@hotmail.fr

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of the RT3 accelerometer under conditions of normal physical activity. Sixty healthy individuals (30 boys, 30 girls) aged 10-16 years wore two accelerometers while performing different structured physical activities. The accelerometers were synchronized and data were recorded every minute during nine 15-min sessions of physical activity that varied in intensity from sedentary (watching television, playing video games) to vigorous (running on a treadmill at different speeds). Intra-instrument coefficients of variation (CV) were assessed using the formula CV = standard deviation of the measure x 100/mean of the measure. The intra-instrument coefficient of variation was higher for sedentary (17%) and light activity (16.2%) than moderate (9.3%) and vigorous activity (6.6%). These results confirmed the poor reliability of the RT3 for activity of low magnitude and frequency that was demonstrated in studies using a shaker.

PMID:
20175016
DOI:
10.1080/02640410903502790
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