February 17, 2015
Patty Freedson, Professor and Chair of Kinesiology, recently traveled to Jacksonville, FL and delivered the keynote address at the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Annual Meeting. The SEACSM is one of a dozen regional chapters in the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. Freedson, who is an expert in measurement of physical activity using research-grade wearable monitors, focused on recent advances in using these devices to assess both physical activity and sedentary behavior. Her talk was titled “Trials and tribulations of measuring physical activity.” In addition to discussing collaborative work taking place in her lab with John Staudenmayer from the UMass Amherst Department of Math and Statistics, and doctoral students Amanda Hickey and Albert Mendoza, Freedson addressed the popularity of activity trackers. These devices afford consumers the opportunity to track activity, steps and caloric expenditure using mobile phone apps and devices such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone Up.
“Despite the fact that we know very little about the accuracy of these devices, consumer activity monitors and apps are appealing as they are accessible tools for the public to monitor and track physical activity behavior change,” noted Freedson.
|Wearable monitors in Patty Freedson's lab at UMass Amherst.|