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Comparison of methods to assess energy expenditure and physical activity in people with spinal cord injury

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Tanhoffer, RA and Tanhoffer, AI and Raymond, J and Hills, AP and Davis, GM, Comparison of methods to assess energy expenditure and physical activity in people with spinal cord injury, The journal of spinal cord medicine, 35, (1) pp. 35-45. ISSN 1079-0268 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1179/2045772311Y.0000000046

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare different methods of assessing energy expenditure (EE) and physical activity (PA) in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) under community-dwelling conditions.

METHODS: A reference standard encompassing the doubly labelled water (DLW) technique, heart rate monitoring (FLEX-HR), a multi-sensor armband (SenseWear Armband (SWA)), and two PA recall questionnaires were employed in 14 people with SCI to estimate EE and leisure-time PA.

RESULTS: Mean total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) assessed by DLW, FLEX-HR, and SWA were 9817 2491 kJ/day, 8498 1516 kJ/day, and 11414 3242 kJ/day, respectively. Physical activity energy expenditure (PAEE) quantified by DLW was 2841 1626 kJ/day, 2935 1732 kJ/day estimated from FLEX-HR, and 2773 2966 kJ/day derived from SWA. After converting the PA recall questionnaire data to EE in kJ/day, PAEE for the Physical Activity Recall Assessment for People with Spinal Cord Injury (PARA-SCI) was 2339 1171 kJ/day and for Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities (PASIPD) 749 1026 kJ/day. DLW-quantified PAEE was moderately associated with PARA-SCI (R(2) = 0.62, P < 0.05), but not with the other estimates of PAEE (R(2) ranged between 0.13 and 0.30, P > 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Our findings revealed that the PARA-SCI recall questionnaire was the best estimate of PAEE compared to the reference standard DLW approach. Although the between-method variability for SWA, FLEX-HR, and PASIPD-derived PAEE was small, there was a weak association between these methods and the criterion DLW technique. The best estimate of DLW-quantified TDEE was by FLEX-HR. SWA significantly overestimated TDEE in this population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Human Movement and Sports Science
Research Field:Exercise Physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:110669
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-08-09
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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