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    Dr. Hoover:

    We used Entran accelerometers (EGA3-series) for treadmill walking
    studies in the past. We placed a 5g triaxial model on the head, and a
    25g triaxial model on the shank to measure shock transmission at heel

    I think the EGA3 accelerometers (and most in general) are designed to be
    installed on a test structure and rarely moved. They are not made for
    biomechanical applications where the sensor is installed/uninstalled
    often. My suggestion would be that if you choose Entran as your
    accelerometer vendor, then spend the extra money for the higher-overload

    Hope this helps.

    Chris Miller

    Neurosciences Laboratory

    Wyle Labs/NASA JSC

    Houston, TX

    The respondent below forwarded brochures in pdf format; the content
    information is available on web at

    Dear Don

    I noticed your message on the Board and thought the attached information
    on the Biometrics accelerometer would be of interest to you. Please
    find attached our brochure and prices for your initial information. If
    you would like to discuss the products further, our Technical Director
    will be happy to speak with you and discuss your specific application.

    We can be reached on the number shown below (Toll Free telephone 1-800
    543 6698 until 11:45am Eastern Time)

    Kind regards

    Mary Wilding, Sales Manager

    Biometrics Ltd

    International Tel: +44 1495 200800

    International Fax: +44 1495 200806

    N. American toll free tel: 1-800 543 6698 National Tel: 01495 200800
    National Fax: 01495 200806

    From: "Hoover, Don"


    Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 2:39 PM

    Subject: [BIOMCH-L] Seeking information on accelerometers


    We're considering integrating accelerometers into a few studies

    currently in the preliminary stages, and we're interested in learning

    more about the pros and cons of these instruments currently available on

    the commercial market. We have some experience using some

    accelerometers for studies involving walking and running activities.

    We're particularly interested in comments and insights from individuals

    who have used accelerometers to measure physical activity and energy

    expenditure in "atypical" activities for these devices such as swimming,

    biking, etc. Insights on cost, ease of calibration, reliability,

    durability, and other variables of this nature are particularly helpful.

    I will compile the responses and post the summary on the listserv.

    Thanks in advance,


    Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS

    Assistant Professor

    Physical Therapy Education

    Rockhurst University

    Don Hoover, PT, PhD, CSCS

    Assistant Professor

    Physical Therapy Education

    Rockhurst University

    1100 Rockhurst Road

    Kansas City, MO 64110

    816-501-4174 (direct)

    800-842-6776 ext 4174 (toll-free)