Assessment of physical activity
“Those who believe that they have no time for physical activity must sooner or later set aside time for illness” (Dr Edward Stanley, 1826-1893)
Low physical activity is an important risk factor for most diseases of our time, such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression and mental illnesses. Objective monitoring and evaluation of physical activity therefore adds an important dimension to many questions in the clinical and research setting
uMOVE offers the following accelerometer systems for measuring physical activity:
We offer our customers these accelerometer systems on a rental basis, as well as education and consultations regarding software, data collection and management.
The Actigraph is used to evaluate total volume of physical activity and time spent in different intensity levels, such as sedentary behavior and moderate activity. Accelerometers provide information about the total volume of physical activity (e.g. number of steps) and also more detailed information about the activity pattern; such as time or bouts spent in different intensity levels (e.g. sedentary time moderate activity).
To provide additional insights into the intensity of activity, activity data could also be integrated with heart rate monitoring.
The ActivPAL is used for the assessment of number of steps and type of activity/posture; e.g. sitting, standing and walking. It uses an accelerometer to sense limb position and activity - differenting periods of upright activity from seated or lying activities. The stepping rate (cadence) of upright activity can be recorded by quantifying the intensity of a person’s physical activity.
The systems may also be used for sleep monitoring (eg quality and cycle duration) which is an area that uMOVE currently developing in order to offer our customers these services in the future.