Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Time Spent in Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity during Marching Band Activities

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Time Spent in Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity during Marching Band Activities

Article excerpt

A large number of college students participate in marching band activities; however, information is limited on the performance requirements of marching band members, even though they perform over long periods of time and in extreme weather conditions. To effectively understand the energy costs of band members and determine appropriate exercise prescriptions it is necessary to evaluate physical activity (PA) participation during performance activities. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine time spent in moderate and vigorous PA by band members during a parade and game day conditions. Participants consisted of 18 college band members who played a variety of musical instruments. PA was objectively measured with the BodyMedia SenseWear Pro2 Armband (BSPA) during an outdoor street parade and a collegiate football game. The BSPA is a continuous body monitoring device that measures PA and energy expenditure with five different sensors (accelerometer, galvanic skin response, heat flux, ambient air temperature and skin temperature). Individual weight plus instrument weight was used to calibrate the BSPA. Energy expenditure was measured each minute and converted to a MET value to determine time spent in moderate and vigorous PA. Moderate PA was classified as 3 to 5. …

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