Accuracy of Pedometer Steps and Time for Youth with Disabilities

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Oregon State University
  • | 2 Unified School District, Newton KS
  • | 3 Wichita State University
  • | 4 Oregon State University
  • | 5 SUNY Cortland
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The purpose of the study was to examine the accuracy of pedometer steps and activity time (Walk4Life, WL) for youth with developmental disabilities. Eighteen youth (11 girls, 7 boys) 4-14 years completed six 80-meter self-paced walking trials while wearing a pedometer at five waist locations (front right, front left, back right, back left, middle back). Trials were video taped to determine actual steps and activity time. Time exhibited a smaller percent error in comparison to steps across locations. Apart from the front left, location had minimal influence on accuracy. The WL demonstrates acceptable accuracy for steps and activity time.

Michael W. Beets is with the Department of Public Health at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331. E-mail: Cindy Combs is with the Unified School District 373 in Newton, KS 67114. E-mail: Kenneth H. Pitetti and Melinda Morgan are with the Department of Physical Therapy at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas 67260. E-mail:; Rebecca R. Bryan is with the Department of Movements Studies in Disabilities at Oregon State University, Corvallis. E-mail: John T. Foley is with the Department of Physical Education at SUNY Cortland, NY. E-mail: