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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


AGUILAR CORDERO, M. J. et al. Accelerometer description as a method to assess physical activity in different periods of life: systematic review. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2014, vol.29, n.6, pp.1250-1261. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: The accelerometer is shown as one of the most accurate techniques in recording and saving the amount and level of physical activity, by each person in a given period of time. Aims: This review aims to describe and analyze the main items that use this method to assess physical activity. Methods: The review articles were identified through the following specialized Internet browser: SCOPUS, PUBMED, GOOGLE SCHOLAR, those were selected for inclusion with a total of 56 items. The validity of the articles was given by the degree of evidence demonstrated by describing the recommendations and the applicability to our context. This review has considered studies evaluating physical activity through accelerometers. Results: The results show that this method can be used in ages 3 to 90 years. It can also be used in subjects with overweight/obesity, articulation injuries, Down syndrome (just children), autism and people with psychological problems. Studies in pregnant women show satisfactory results. Conclusion: The literature reviewed provides the accelerometer as a reliable and effective method to assess physical activity.

Keywords : Accelerometer; Accelerometry; Physical activity; Assessment.

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