The use of accelerometers to assess physical activity and explore potential early life determinants in a large cohort of children

  • Calum Gallagher Mattocks

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Background: There is increasing evidence that low levels of physical activity may contribute to a range of poor health outcomes in children. Knowledge of the factors that might influence physical activity can inform the design of intervention studies and, ultimately, public health policy. Aims The aims of this thesis were to investigate and validate the measurement of physical activity in Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) using the Actigraph accelerometer and to examine the early life (0-5 years) determinants of physical activity in ALSPAC among 11-12 year olds.
Date of Award2009
Original languageEnglish

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