Physical activity and an active life style are issues of major importance in our society, both in able-bodied persons and persons with a chronic disease. They significantly reduce the risk of disease, are both essential parts of daily functioning, and there is increasing evidence that they are positively associated with well being and quality of life. Therefore, physical activity and programs aiming at improving activity get more and more attention.
Together with the increasing interest, measurement of physical activity is becoming more and more important and widespread. Several types of instruments are developed for that purpose (e.g. questionnaires, observational methods and diaries), but for research purposes and in clinical practice it is essential that physical activity can be objectively measured in a reliable and valid, but also, easy way.
One of the most promising and challenging techniques is ambulatory monitoring of physical activity, which means that natural physical activity and movement-related behaviour is measured in a prolonged and objective way, without the person being space-bound or supervised. Besides research focusing on physical activity and how active people are, a tendency exists that traditional movement analysis (focusing on kinematics and kinetics) moves from the laboratory to the field. Technological advances play an important role in the development of ambulatory monitoring. Portable instruments – mostly body-fixed and variable in size and complexity – now allow prolonged measurement of natural physical activity and movement with little discomfort.
For several disciplines ambulatory monitoring of physical activity and movement is or can be an important technique and topic in research and application. For example, it has relationships with technical sciences (recorders, data loggers, sensors, signal analysis), medical sciences (e.g. rehabilitation, orthopaedics, neurology, cardiology, psychiatry), public health (including fall prevention & detection, hypoactivity & overweight), physical therapy, movement sciences & sports, ergonomics and occupational health, psychology, physiology & psychophysiology. And, not less important, registration of activity will be increasingly used for other purposes than research; it is meaningful in every day practice, for physicians and therapists, but also for athletes and for the general population concerned with overweight, fitness and health. The application of ambulatory techniques in practice will get much attention.
News on ambulatory monitoring of physical activity and movement does not have its own channels of communication. Currently, papers are published in a wide range of general journals, and specific conferences on this topic do not exist. Therefore, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam is organizing the International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement – ICAMPAM.
We are happy to invite all interested researchers, clinicians, developers, suppliers, practical workers and all other people interested in this area to ICAMPAM. The aim of this conference is to share and distribute knowledge and ideas, to facilitate contacts and collaboration, and to make a kick-off for future meetings. The organizing and scientific committee will provide you a comprehensive, high-standard 3-day scientific program with renowned international speakers, oral and poster presentations, and commercial exhibitors providing insight into the latest technology. The conference will take place at the outstanding venue of Beurs-World Trade Center Rotterdam, and ICAMPAM’s social program will take you to the great sites of Rotterdam.
Johannes B.J. Bussmann (PhD) Conference Chair
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