Comparison of two questionnaires with a tri-axial accelerometer to assess physical activity patterns.

R.M. Philippaerts, K.R. Westerterp, J. Lefevre

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Comparison of two questionnaires with a tri-axial accelerometer to assess physical activity patterns.

Philippaerts RM, Westerterp KR, Lefevre J.

Center for Physical Development Research, Department of Sports and Movement Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, K.U. Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium. renaat.philippaerts@rug.ac.be

Two physical activity questionnaires were evaluated against cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2 peak), and a tri-axial accelerometer for movement registration (Tracmor) in 166 men, aged 40 years, within the framework of the Leuven Longitudinal Study on Lifestyle, Fitness, and Health. Tracmor data were obtained during four successive days. Besides the work index, the sport index, and the total activity index from the Baecke questionnaire, the subjective activity score, calculated energy expenditure during work, work index, and the total activity index from the Tecumseh Community questionnaire showed significant correlation coefficients with the mean Tracmor output (r = 0.26-0.47, p < 0.01). The questionnaire submeasures and the Tracmor output as generated in the same physical activity dimension showed the same relationships (r = 0.22-0.50, p < 0.01). Multiple stepwise regression and stepwise discriminant analyses showed the Baecke questionnaire as the best indicator of the subject's physical activity level. Extra information about the physical activity level was given by two Tecumseh submeasures, e.g. energy expenditure during work and sleeping time. The results indicated that the Baecke questionnaire is superior in large-scale studies because of simplicity. However, the Tecumseh questionnaire can give detailed information about physical activity patterns and energy expenditure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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