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Purpose:

The aim of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of perceived exertion (session-RPE) in quantifying internal training load in divers.

Methods:

Six elite divers, three males (age, 25.7 ± 6.1 y; stature, 1.71 ± 0.06 m; body mass, 66.7 ± 1.2 kg) and three females (age, 25.3 ± 0.6 y; stature, 1.63 ± 0.05 m; body mass, 58.3 ± 4.0 kg) were monitored during six training sessions within a week, which included 1 m and 3 m springboard dives. The Edwards summated heart rate zone method was used as a reference measure; the session-RPE rating was obtained using the CR-10 Borg scale modified by Foster and the 100 mm visual analog scale (VAS).

Results:

Significant correlations were found between CR-10 and VAS session-RPE and the Edwards summated heart rate zone method for training sessions (r range: 0.71–0.96; R2 range: 0.50–0.92; P < 0.01) and for divers (r range: 0.67–0.96; R2 range: 0.44–0.92; P < 0.01).

Conclusions:

These findings suggest that session-RPE can be useful for monitoring internal training load in divers.

Carlo Minganti is with the Experimental and Clinical Medicine Department, University of Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy, and the Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University “Foro Italico,” Rome, Italy. Laura Capranica and Maria Francesca Piacentini are with the Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University “Foro Italico,” Rome, Italy. Romain Meeusen is with the Department of Human Physiology and Sports Medicine, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.