Accelerometer use in young people with Down syndrome: A preliminary cross-validation and reliability study
Peiris, Casey L., Cumming, Toby B., Kramer, Sharon, Johnson, Liam, Taylor, Nicholas and Shields, Nora. (2016). Accelerometer use in young people with Down syndrome: A preliminary cross-validation and reliability study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 42(4), pp. 339-350. https://doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1260100
|Authors||Peiris, Casey L., Cumming, Toby B., Kramer, Sharon, Johnson, Liam, Taylor, Nicholas and Shields, Nora|
Inadequate physical activity is a problem for people with Down syndrome and objective monitoring using accelerometers may be inaccurate in this population.
This was a cross-validation and reliability study comparing two triaxial accelerometers (the SenseWear and RT3) to a criterion measure (the OxyCon Mobile) in 10 young people (M age = 20 ± 2) with Down syndrome. A ROC curve analysis was conducted to determine intensity thresholds from RT3 activity counts.
During self-selected pace walking, the accelerometers overestimated energy expenditure and had large limits of agreement (SenseWear: −0.5–3.6 METs; RT3: −0.2–2.7 METs). At this pace, SenseWear armband step counts were highly correlated with observed steps (r = .98) but underestimated steps by up to 12%. We developed RT3 thresholds that demonstrated good to excellent sensitivity and specificity in classifying physical activity intensity.
SenseWear steps and RT3 activity count thresholds can be used to monitor physical activity in young people with Down syndrome, although energy expenditure estimates should be used with caution in this population.
|Keywords||Down syndrome; accelerometry; motor activity; trisomy 21; intellectual disability|
|Journal||Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability|
|Journal citation||42 (4), pp. 339-350|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1260100|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
|Research Group||Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre|
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|Online||30 Nov 2016|
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