During the week commencing the 15th September the Physical Activity group hosted their 7th Annual Physical Activity Measurement seminar (PAMS). PAMS is now a biennial event which has been running since 2007 and has been attracting delegates from all around the globe with this year being no exception. PAMS aims to promote high quality field work, increase understanding of measurement principles and look at methods of data analysis, and is aimed at those interested or involved in the objective monitoring of free-living physical activity.
The seminar takes the format of a 5 day intensive residential course, and this year it was held at the Møller Centre in Cambridge. The course is a mixture of theory and practical-based work ranging from lectures on accelerometry and heart rate monitoring, to workshops with delegates running the “bleep” test, having a go at the Fenland treadmill protocol and analysing the data collected.
The seminar is not only a forum for learning but also provides excellent networking opportunities with many of those who attend staying in contact with the unit for years to come. PAMS2014 has been a roaring success once again with excellent feedback, and many thanks go to all of those involved in achieving that.