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Rowlands, A. V., & Eston, R. G. (2005). Comparison of accelerometer and pedometer measures of physical activity in boys and girls, ages 8-10 years Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76(3), 251-257.
This study examined and compared two objective measures of physical activity in children: accelerometers and pedometers. Participants were 34 children, ages 8-10, who wore both an accelerometer and pedometer in a belt around their waist for five week days and one weekend day. Parents recorded steps and reset the pedometer, and the accelerometer recorded activity counts by minute. Mean activity levels were calculated per day. T-tests and correlations were conducted to determine gender differences and relationships between pedometers and accelerometers. Results revealed that boys accrued 25% more activity than girls. Boys were engaged in MVPA at a rate of 34% higher than girls and in VPA 85% more of the time. Pedometer counts were significantly correlated with accelerometer counts (r=.90, p<.001).
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