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The purpose was to study the relationships between psychological factors and perceptually-based values (Ratings of Perceived Exertion: RPE and Estimated Time Limit: ETL). The researchers obtained the scores of several psychological factors (anxiety, extraversion-introversion, neuroticism-stability, self-esteem, motivation, psychological resistance and endurance, desire for success, social desirability, dynamism, competitiveness, activity control, risk-taking, emotional control, aggressiveness, sociability, cooperation, acceptance of a judgment, and leadership) among 23 cyclists. The cyclists performed a graded exercise test in which the researchers collected RPE and ETL at 150, 200, 250 and 300W. Correlations between RPE/ETL and psychological factors were examined. RPE was correlated with leadership, psychological resistance and endurance. ETL was significantly correlated with psychological endurance. These results suggest a link between psychological factors, effort perception, and the time limits predicted by teleoanticipation. These relationships varied according to intensity.
Coquart is with the Faculty of Sports Sciences and Physical Education, University of Rouen, Rouen, France. Dufour and Garcin are with the Faculty of Sports Sciences and Physical Education, University of Lille, Ronchin, France. Groslambert is with the Prevention Innovation and Sport Research Dept., University of Franche-Comté, Besancon, France. Matran is with Lille Academic Hospital, Dept. of Functional and Respiratory Explorations, Lille, France.