Working Group Physical Activity Research

Physical activity (PA) is a key aspect in the etiology of chronic diseases, such as overweight and adiposity. In particular, the development of accelerometry offers sophisticated opportunities to objectively quantify human PA. Due to advances in technology, miniaturization and reduced costs, accelerometers are commonly utilized in large-scaled, epidemiologic studies (e. g. NHANES, NAKO Gesundheitsstudie, I.Family). Furthermore, many other methodological approaches are available to quantify PA, such as step counters, wearables, smartphones or questionnaires. In addition to PA, some approaches allow for estimation of sitting behavior, inactivity as well as sleep characteristics. Correlations and effects on human cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) are to be analyzed with respect to the impact of PA on CRF. CRF is commonly agreed to be the most powerful predictor of mortality and morbidity, but is often limited by the substantial methodological efforts in large-scaled studies. Similar to PA, various approaches are available to estimate CRF.

Consequently, the main tasks of the AG PAR are

  • …condensing and further developing the competences in PA research
  • …designing and implementation of interventions and evaluations of PA
  • …fundraising and publishing in PA research
  • …developing methodological approaches in PA research
  • …representing the BIPS in national and international networks in PA research

The AG PAR was established in 2017 and its staff comprises all departments of the BIPS. Further staff is taking part in the AG PAR, e. g. originated by dedicated projects. The AG PAR is represented and led by Mirko Brandes.

Selected publication

    Articles with peer-review

  • Brandes M, Steenbock B, Wirsik N. Energy cost of common physical activities in preschoolers. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2018;15(4):233-238.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2017-0348
  • Sliepen M, Brandes M, Rosenbaum D. Current physical activity monitors in hip and knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2017;69(10):1460-1466.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acr.23170
  • Wirsik N, Sprengeler O, Brandes M, Pohlabeln H. Identifikation typischer Bewegungskontexte von Kindern als Ansatzpunkt für die Bewegungsförderung - Vorstellung eines BMG-geförderten Projekts. Bewegungstherapie und Gesundheitssport. 2017;33(3):96-100.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0043-107473
  • Foraita R, Brandes M, Günther F, Bammann K, Pigeot I, Ahrens W. The influence of aerobic fitness on obesity and its parent-offspring correlations in a cross-sectional study among German families. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:638.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2013-x
  • Book chapters

  • Brandes M, Pischke CR, Steenbock B, Zeeb H, Pigeot I. Fitness-Tracker - Zukunft für Prävention? In: Rebscher H, Kaufmann S, editors. Präventionsmanagement in Gesundheitssystemen - Gesundheitsförderung, Vorsorge, Früherkennung: Das medizinische und ökonomische Spannungsfeld von Evidenz, Nutzen und Risiken. Gesundheitsmarkt in der Praxis, Band 8. Deutsch-Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Gesundheitspolitik, Heidelberg: medhochzwei. 2016. S. 409-425.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences

  • Steenbock B, Wirsik N, Brandes M. Calibration of the GENEActiv wrist- and hip-worn accelerometer for prediction of activity-related energy expenditure in preschoolers. 5th International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM), 21-23 June 2017, Bethesda, USA.
  • Wirsik N, Steenbock B, Brandes M. Comparability of different accelerometers and sites for activity-related energy expenditure prediction in preschool children. 5th International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM), 21-23 June 2017, Bethesda, USA.
  • Posters at scientific meetings/conferences

  • Brandes M, Wirsik N, Steenbock B. Energy costs of physical activities in preschoolers. 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), 7-10 June 2017, Victoria, Canada.

Current projects

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