Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Preliminary Validation of the ACTIVITYGRAM Physical Activity Assessment for Children

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Preliminary Validation of the ACTIVITYGRAM Physical Activity Assessment for Children

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Gregory Welk, Kherrin Wood, Carla Sottovia, and Gina Morss, The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research

A computerized physical activity assessment (ACTIVITYGRAM) has recently been released as part of the updated version of the FITNESSORAM 6.0 software (Cooper Institute, 1999). The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of the ACTIVITYGRAM instrument for assessing physical activity levels in children. A total of 225. boys from a private school completed the assessment on 3 days (1 nonschool day and 2 school days) following training and practice with the software. A subsample of children (n = 47) wore a Biotrainer activity monitor (IM Systems, Inc., Baltimore) for the 5 days preceding the assessment in order to examine the convergent validity of the instrument, Descriptive information about activity levels was calculated from all the students to characterize the self-reported activity levels of this sample. The mean minutes of activity per day were 215, 89, and 105 for the nonschool day, School Day 1 and School Day 2, respectively. Approximately 91% of the children reported more than 60 mm of activity on the 3 days. When stratified by intensity level, the children reported spending an average of 22.5% of their day in moderate or vigorous activity. The specific activities that they reported performing were as follows: Aerobic Sports (43. …

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