Rate of perceived exertion (RPE)
What is it?
Monitoring training load is a very useful tool for coaches, physiotherapy staff and players alike. Many methods are already employed to monitor external load, such as distance, resistance, time and intensity. Internal load is a measure of the physiological response to these external stimuli and can be interpreted through measures including heart rate, lactate response or perceptual measures. Perceptual measures, such as RPE, are the simplest and easiest of tools available to coaches and physio staff to gauge a players stress levels and thus understand the impact of their training methods.
Rate of perceived exertion (RPE) is a validated and proven method of monitoring the internal load inflicted upon a subject in response to stimuli, in this case, how hard did the player think the training session or game was?
We will use RPE BORG 10 scale, with 10 being the hardest perceived level of effort, and 1 being minimal or the absence of stress.
At the end of the session or game, players will be required to rate their session or game on a standard Borg CR10 RPE scale as per the diagram. Players must do this privately and not be allowed to view what other players are selecting in order to control for peer influence. The data will be collected manually by physiotherapy staff on game day and electronically loaded by the player within 30 minutes
of completing their training session. This is then stored electronically and can be used for analysis and future session planning by the coaching or physiotherapy staff.