RELIABILITY OF AIR DISPLACEMENT PLETHYSMOGRAPHY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of an air displacement plethysmography device (BOD POD) over trials performed on 3 different days. Subjects consisted of 24 healthy adults (8 men, 16 women), ages 18–38 years, with body weights 46.8–93.6 kg, body mass indexes of 19.1–30.1 kg·m−2, and percentage body fats (BF) of 7.9–43.1%. Two estimates of BF were performed on 3 days. Paired t-tests revealed no significant within-day differences in body volume (BV), thoracic gas volume (VTG), body density (BD), and BF. Correlations between the two VTG measures on a day were r = 0.86 for day 1, r = 0.93 for day 2, and r = 0.96 for day 3. BF estimates within a day had high correlations of r = 0.98. Significant differences were found between days for measures of BV, VTG, BD, and BF. These results indicate a high reliability for within-day estimates of BF and significant differences in between-day estimates of BF using air displacement plethysmography. Reliability of BF may be increased by requiring subjects to practice the procedure for VTG measurement.

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