Received: 30-03-2012 -- Accepted: 04-05-2012 --
Published (online): 01-09-2012
The Bioharness™ monitoring system may provide physiological information on human performance but the reliability of this data is fundamental for confidence in the equipment being used. The objective of this study was to assess the reliability of each of the 5 Bioharness™ variables using a treadmill based protocol. 10 healthy males participated. A between and within subject design to assess the reliability of Heart rate (HR), Breathing Frequency (BF), Accelerometry (ACC) and Infra-red skin temperature (ST) was completed via a repeated, discontinuous, incremental treadmill protocol. Posture (P) was assessed by a tilt table, moved through 160°. Between subject data reported low Coefficient of Variation (CV) and strong correlations(r) for ACC and P (CV< 7.6; r = 0.99, p < 0.01). In contrast, HR and BF (CV~19.4; r~0.70, p < 0.01) and ST (CV 3.7; r = 0.61, p < 0.01), present more variable data. Intra and inter device data presented strong relationships (r > 0.89, p < 0.01) and low CV (<10.1) for HR, ACC, P and ST. BF produced weaker relationships (r < 0.72) and higher CV (<17.4). In comparison to the other variables BF variable consistently presents less reliability. Global results suggest that the Bioharness™ is a reliable multivariable monitoring device during laboratory testing within the limits presented.
Physiological technology, reproducibility of measurement, exercise
Heart rate and breathing frequency data increased in variance at higher velocities (i.e. ≥ 10 km.h)
In comparison to the between subject testing, the intra and inter reliability presented good reliability in data suggesting placement or position of device relative to performer could be important for data collection
Understanding a devices variability in measurement is important before it can be used within an exercise testing or monitoring setting
Tim Watson, Andrew T. Garrett, Gerwyn Hughes, Paul A. Ford, James A. Johnstone,
Bioharness Multivariable Monitoring Device: Part. II: Reliability.
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine(11), 409 - 417.
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