Speaker Shaun McLaren, Teesside University
Chair Matt Weston, Teesside University
Enhancing the monitoring, evaluation and prescription of training loads in team-sports using differential ratings of perceived exertion: recent trends and future perspectives.
Monitoring athlete training loads is now widely adopted in team sports. This process aims to provide a quantification of the external training dose and the athletes’ internal training response to inform the programming of subsequent training and recovery interventions.
Heart rate and a subjective rating of overall perceived exertion are popular methods used to assess internal training load, however these global measures may lack sensitivity when used to assess the different types of training sessions undertaken by team-sport players. This can be problematic for the applied practitioner who is responsible for making evidence-based decisions surrounding the training process on a day-to-day basis.
By focusing ratings of perceived exertion on their specific physiological components (for example breathlessness and leg muscle exertion) differential ratings of perceived exertion (dRPE) have the potential to overcome the limitations associated with global measures of internal training load.
Through a synthesis of our recently published work, unpublished data, and applied case examples, this seminar shall aim to explore the notion that dRPE represent a worthwhile addition to training load monitoring strategies in team sports.
During the session, a range of topics shall be discussed and critically appraised, including -
* a need for differentiation in internal training load.
* proof of concept: dRPE in the team-sport setting.
* the usefulness and application of dRPE to monitor, evaluate and prescribe training loads in team-sports.
* understanding the data: practical analysis of dRPE for meaningful and individualised player monitoring.
* future perspectives for dRPE.