Activity Intensity, Volume, and Norms: Utility and Interpretation of Accelerometer Metrics.
Alex V Rowlands, Stuart J Fairclough, Tom Yates, Charlotte L Edwardson, Melanie Davies, Fehmidah Munir, Kamlesh Khunti, Victoria H Stiles
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise | Published : 2019
PURPOSE: The physical activity profile can be described from accelerometer data using two population-independent metrics: average acceleration (ACC, volume) and intensity gradient (IG, intensity). This article aims 1) to demonstrate how these metrics can be used to investigate the relative contributions of volume and intensity of physical activity for a range of health markers across data sets and 2) to illustrate the future potential of the metrics for generation of age and sex-specific percentile norms. METHODS: Secondary data analyses were conducted on five diverse data sets using wrist-worn accelerometers (ActiGraph/GENEActiv/Axivity): children (n = 145), adolescent girls (n = 1669), off..View full abstract