Calibration of the Computer Science and Applications, Inc. accelerometer

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1998 May;30(5):777-81. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199805000-00021.


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

Methods: 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)).

Results: 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)).

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

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calibration
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Exercise Test / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Fitness*
  • Reference Values