European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 175, Issue 12, pp 2019–2021 | Cite as

Validation of the Phillips et al. GENEActiv accelerometer wrist cut-points in children aged 5–8 years old

  • Michael J. DuncanEmail author
  • Susie Wilson
  • Jason Tallis
  • Emma Eyre
Short Communication


This study examined the accuracy of the Phillips et al. GENEActiv accelerometer wrist worn cut-points in children aged 5–8. Fifteen children (six girls, nine boys) aged 5–8 years wore a GENEActiv monitor on their non-dominant wrist while undertaking 5 min bouts of lying supine, playing Lego, walking at slow, medium and fast pace and running. Receiver operating curve (ROC) analysis was employed to establish how well the Phillips et al. (2013) cut-points classified intensity of the activities compared to the actual intensity determined by indirect calorimetry. Area under the curve (AUC) values were high for sedentary (.970), moderate (.815) and vigorous (.974) activity.

Conclusion: The Phillips et al. (2013) cut-points for the GENEActiv accelerometer can be used in children aged 5–8 years old to distinguish sedentary behaviour, moderate and vigorous PA behaviour.

What is Known:

Accelerometers are fast becoming the most widely used measure of physical activity in public health research.

The GENEActive wrist worn accelerometer has been validated for use with children aged 8 years and older

What is New:

The GENEActive wrist worn accelerometer can be used to assess physical activity in children aged 5–8 years old.

Previously established cut-points for the GENEActiv accelerometer can be used in children aged 5–8 years old to distinguish sedentary behaviour, moderate and vigorous PA behaviour.


Accelerometry Physical activity Validation Preschoolers 



Area under the curve


Body mass index


Metabolic equivalent


Physical activity


Receiver operating curve



Author’s contribution

MD and EE devised the study. MD, SW, JT and EE collected data and wrote the manuscript. MD performed statistical analysis.

Compliance with ethical standards

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Duncan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Susie Wilson
    • 1
  • Jason Tallis
    • 1
  • Emma Eyre
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise SciencesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Department of Biomolecular and Sports SciencesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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