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PURPOSE: Validate the Schoche (SC) (RhythmTM), Basis B1 Band (BB) (BASIS Science, Inc.), and Mio Alpha (MA) (Physical Enterprises, Inc.) wireless heart rate monitors. METHODS: Fifteen college students (males, n=11, age=27±5yrs; females, n=4, age=27±6yrs) participated. All participants simultaneously wore the SC on left forearm, the BB on the right wrist, the MA on the left wrist, and Polar HR strap on their chest. Participants’ resting heart rate was measured twice prior to exercise. The exercise protocol consisted of one 30-minute bout of continuous walking and running in which the treadmill speed increased every 5-minutes. The treadmill started at 2 mph and completed at 6 mph, followed by 3 minutes of cool down. HR was recorded every minute from each monitor including the Polar HR monitor as a criterion measure. RESULTS: Average HRs (means ± SD) for Polar HR, SC, MA, and BB were 113±32, 110±34, 117±32, and 111±27. A strong pearson’s correlation coefficient was observed with the SC (r =.88) and the MA (r =.75), but a weak correlation coefficient was found with the BB (r =.41), p>0.01. Corresponding absolute error rates were 6.0±12.5%, 11.7±24.2%, and 18.2±21.3%. ANOVA and post hoc analyses with Bonferroni revealed nonsignificant differences between the SC, MA, and BB (p > 0.05) compared to the Polar HR. CONCLUSION: The results demonstrate that the wireless wrist-oriented heart rate monitors provide an accurate measurement of HR during exercise. However, further research is needed to validate these monitors with a larger sample in different environments


ACSM 2015