Research Study Abstract

Calibration of the Computer Science and Applications, Inc. accelerometer

  • Added on May 1, 1998

We established accelerometer count ranges for the Computer Science and Applications, Inc. (CSA) activity monitor corresponding to commonly employed MET categories.

Data were obtained from 50 adults (25 males, 25 females) during treadmill exercise at three different speeds (4.8, 6.4, and 9.7 km x h(-1)).

Activity counts and steady-state oxygen consumption were highly correlated (r = 0.88), and count ranges corresponding to light, moderate, hard, and very hard intensity levels were < or = 1951, 1952-5724, 5725-9498, > or = 9499 cnts x min(-1), respectively. A model to predict energy expenditure from activity counts and body mass was developed using data from a random sample of 35 subjects (r2 = 0.82, SEE = 1.40 kcal x min(-1)). Cross validation with data from the remaining 15 subjects revealed no significant differences between actual and predicted energy expenditure at any treadmill speed (SEE = 0.50-1.40 kcal x min(-1)).

These data provide a template on which patterns of activity can be classified into intensity levels using the CSA accelerometer.

Link to abstract: Calibration of the Computer Science and Applications, Inc. accelerometer


  • Freedson PS
  • Melanson E
  • Sirard J


  • University of Massachusetts, Department of Exercise Science, Amherst