A detailed quantification of differential ratings of perceived exertion during team-sport training

McLaren, S.J., Smith, A., Spears, I.R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4982-2841 and Weston, M., 2017. A detailed quantification of differential ratings of perceived exertion during team-sport training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 20 (3), pp. 290-295. ISSN 1440-2440

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Objectives: To investigate the application of differential ratings of perceived exertion (dRPE) to team-sport training.

Design: Single cohort, observational study.

Methods:Twenty-nine professional rugby union players were monitored over a six-week intensified training period. Training sessions were classified as: high-intensity intervals, repeated high-intensity efforts, speed, skill-based conditioning, skills, whole-body resistance, or upper-body resistance. After each session, players recorded a session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE; CR100®), along with differential session ratings for breathlessness (sRPE-B), leg muscle exertion (sRPE-L), upper-body muscle exertion (sRPE-U), and cognitive/technical demands (sRPE-T). Each score was multiplied by the session duration to calculate session training loads. Data were analysed using mixed linear modelling and multiple linear regression, with magnitude-based inferences subsequently applied.

Results: Between-session differences in dRPE scores ranged from very likely trivial to most likely extremely large and within-session differences amongst dRPE scores ranged from unclear to most likely very large. Differential RPE training loads combined to explain 66–91% of the variance in sRPE training loads, and the strongest associations with sRPE training load were with sRPE-L for high-intensity intervals (r = 0.67; 90% confidence limits ±0.22), sRPE-B for repeated high-intensity efforts (0.89; ±0.08) and skill-based conditioning (0.67; ±0.19), sRPE-T for Speed (0.63; ±0.17) and Skills (0.51; ±0.28), and sRPE-U for resistance training (whole-body: 0.61; ±0.21, upper-body: 0.92; ±0.07).

Conclusions: Differential RPE can provide a detailed quantification of internal load during training activities commonplace in team sports. Knowledge of the relationships between dRPE and sRPE can isolate the specific perceptual demands of different training modes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Creators: McLaren, S.J., Smith, A., Spears, I.R. and Weston, M.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: March 2017
Volume: 20
Number: 3
ISSN: 1440-2440
S1440244016301165Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Aug 2019 13:46
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 13:46
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37211

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