Ecological validity of Session RPE method for quantifying internal training load in Fencing

Turner, Anthony N., Buttigeig, Conor, Noto, Angelo, Marshall, Geoff, Phillips, James and Kilduff, Liam P. (2017) Ecological validity of Session RPE method for quantifying internal training load in Fencing. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12 (1). pp. 124-128. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

Session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) is known to significantly relate to heart rate (HR) based methods of quantifying internal training load (TL) in a variety of sports. However, to date this has not been investigated in fencing and was therefore the aim of this study. TL was calculated by multiplying the session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) with exercise duration, and through Heart rate (HR) -based methods calculated using Banister’s and Edward’s TRIMP. Seven male elite foil fencers (Mean ± SD: Age = 22.3 ± 1.6 years, height = 181.3 ± 6.5 cm, body mass = 77.7 ± 7.6 kg) were monitored over the period of one competitive season. The sRPE and HR of 67 training sessions and three competitions (87 poule bouts and 12 knockout rounds) were recorded and analysed. Correlation analysis was used to determine any relationships between sRPE and HR-based methods, accounting for individual variation, mode of training (footwork drills vs. sparring sessions) and stage of competition (poules vs. knockouts). Across two footwork sessions, sRPE, Banister’s and Edward’s TRIMP were found to be reliable, with coefficient of variation values of 6.0, 5.2 and 4.5% respectively. Significant correlations with sRPE for individual fencers (r = 0.84 – 0.98) and across mode of exercise (r = 0.73 – 0.85) and competition stages (r = 0.82 – 0.92) were found with HR-based measures. sRPE is a simple and valuable tool coaches can use to quantify TL in fencing.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 19181
Notes on copyright: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2017, 12 (1): pp. 124-128 , http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2016-0062. © 2017 Human Kinetics, Inc.
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Depositing User: Anthony Turner
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 11:18
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2019 01:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19181

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