Cross validation of Actigraph derived accelerometer cut-points for assessment of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children aged 8-11 years

Michael Duncan, Emma Eyre, Valerie Cox, Clare Roscoe, Mark Faghy, Jason Tallis, Alexandra Dobell

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Abstract

Aim: To cross-validate previously calibrated Actigraph cut-points in children. Methods: Twenty-eight children (50% boys) aged between 8 and 11 years of age (9.4 ± 1.4 years) performed a series of 5 minute bouts of activity reflective of different levels of PA from sedentary behaviour (SB) to moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA); (Formula presented.) O 2 was assessed using breath-by-breath indirect calorimetry, and activity was assessed using Actigraph accelerometers worn on the hip and non-dominant wrist. The (Formula presented.) O 2 values were then converted into age-specific METs (measured METs) and coded as SB, light PA and MVPA. Accelerometer data were analysed using previously calibrated cut-points at different epochs, that is 5, 15, 30 and 60 seconds. Results: Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis indicated that there was excellent discrimination of SB using the Evenson et al (15 seconds), Romanzini (15 seconds), Treuth et al (30 seconds), Freedson et al (60 seconds), Treuth et al (60 seconds) and Troiano et al (60 seconds) cut-points. ROC analysis indicated poor discrimination for LPA irrespective of the cut-points used. Good discrimination of MVPA was evident for all existing cut-points using a 60-second epoch. Conclusion: There is considerable variation in the performance of existing cut-points for assessment of SB, LPA and MPA in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1825-1830
Number of pages6
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume109
Issue number9
Early online date27 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Duncan, M, Eyre, E, Cox, V, Roscoe, C, Faghy, M, Tallis, J & Dobell, A 2020, 'Cross validation of Actigraph derived accelerometer cut-points for assessment of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children aged 8-11 years', Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, vol. 109, no. 9, pp. 1825-1830., which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apa.15189. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Keywords

  • cut-points
  • energy expenditure
  • indirect calorimetry
  • motor skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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