Should we re-frame how we think about physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement?

The measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour is fundamental to health-related research policy and practice. However, there are well-known challenges to these measurements.

Human Kinetics And BASES Webinars

Within the academic literature, the terms “validity” and “reliability” are frequently used when discussing physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement to reassure the reader that they can trust the evidence.

In this webinar, Paul will argue that a lack of consensus about the best way to define, assess, or utilise the concepts of validity and reliability has led to inconsistencies and confusion within the physical activity and sedentary behaviour evidence base.

He will present The Edinburgh Framework which may offer a process or pathway to help researchers and practitioners consider validity and reliability in a standardised and more beneficial way.

The webinar will be presented by Human Kinetics in partnership with The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). It will last for approximately 1 hour, with a dedicated Q&A session at the end of Paul’s presentation. You can get your questions in early when you sign up or you can ask them during the presentation.

Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018

Time: 15.00 GMT

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Learning Outcomes of the Webinar

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the difference and similarities of validity and reliability
  • Explain why misuse of these terms has been detrimental to the evidence base
  • Consider better use of these terms, for better evidence generation.

Presenter Profile

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour Paul Kelly webinarDr Paul Kelly has been a lecturer in Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh since September 2014. He is based at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) which is led by Professor Nanette Mutrie MBE.

Paul is a lecturer in Physical Activity and Health, Applied Sports Science, Physical Education, Exercise Medicine and Medical degrees. His primary research focus is the measurement of physical activity. He also has a keen interested in the measurement properties of different methods and how this influences our understanding of behaviour and its outcomes. Paul previously worked at the University of Oxford, where he completed a PhD in using wearable cameras to measure active travel.

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Future and previous webinars

For more information on our upcoming and previous webinars with BASES (all of which are available for playback on our website) check out Human Kinetics and BASES Webinars – Everything you need to know.

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Hi, I’m Ryan, one of the bloggers here at Human Kinetics Europe Ltd. (If you want my official title, it’s Marketing Executive.) I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness, having previously worked in gyms and played a variety of sports all my life. Now (as a somewhat of a washed-up athlete) I find myself working at the world’s biggest independent publisher of sport, health, dance and fitness resources. Which is amazing! Why? Because I get unrestricted access to all the best, most interesting, scientifically-proven writing on sports science. And what’s more, I get to share it all with you!

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