Validity of Self Report Measures of Physical Activity in University Students

Research Impact РThe regular monitoring and surveillance of population levels of physical activity (PA) is of huge importance, especially in the tertiary level (i.e. universities, institutes of technology) sector as it continues to grow. The measurement of PA can be challenging due to its varied nature, with a range of measurements available, but very few that are validated for this cohort.  This paper reports on the validity, against accelerometry, and 9-day reliability of three popular self-report measures of PA in 155 Irish university students, and recommendations are made for selecting the most suitable self-report instrument.

Murphy, J.J., Murphy, M.H., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, N., Nevill, A.M. and Woods, C.B., 2017. Validity and Reliability of Three Self-Report Instruments for Assessing Attainment of Physical Activity Guidelines in University Students. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, pp.1-8.

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