An investigation into a contactless photoplethysmographic mobile application to record heart rate post-exercise: Implications for field testing

Peart, Daniel, Shaw, Matthew and Rowley, Chris (2015) An investigation into a contactless photoplethysmographic mobile application to record heart rate post-exercise: Implications for field testing. Biomedical Human Kinetics, 7 (1). pp. 95-99. ISSN 2080-2234

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Abstract

to record post-exercise heart rate and estimate maximal aerobic capacity after the Queen’s College Step Test. It was hypothesised that the CPA may present a cost effective heart rate measurement tool for educators and practitioners with limited access to specialised laboratory equipment.

Materials and Methods: seventeen participants (eleven males and six females, 28 ± 9 years, 75.5 ± 15.5 kg, 173.6 ± 9.8 cm) had their heart rate measured immediately after the 3-min test simultaneously using the CPA, a wireless heart rate monitor (HRM) and manually via palpation of the radial artery (MAN).

Results: both the CPA and MAN measurements had high variance compared to the HRM (CV = 31 and 11% respectively, ES = 1.79 and 0.65 respectively), and there were no significant correlations between the methods. Maximal oxygen consumption was estimated 17% higher in CPA compared to HRM (p < 0.001).

Conclusions: in conclusion it is recommended that field practitioners should exercise caution and assess the accuracy of new freely available technologies if they are to be used in practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 11th August 2015.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Field testing; Heart rate; Mobile technology
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
J900 Others in Technology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Daniel Peart
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 13:06
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 06:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27260

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