Physical Activity Tracking Wristbands for Use in Research With Older Adults: An Overview and Recommendations

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Traditional physical activity tracking tools, such as self-report questionnaires, are inherently subjective and vulnerable to bias. Physical activity tracking technology, such as activity tracking wristbands, is becoming more reliable and readily available. As such, researchers are employing these objective measurement tools in both observational- and intervention-based studies. There remains a gap in the literature on how to properly select activity tracking wristbands for research, specifically for the older adult population. This paper outlines considerations for choosing the most appropriate wrist-worn wearable device for use in research with older adults. Device features, outcome measures, population, and methodological considerations are explored.

The authors are with the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport Technology Research Lab, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Katz (katz@ucalgary.ca) is corresponding author.
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