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Int J Sports Med. 1991 Feb;12(1):77-82.

Ratings of perceived exertion among standard treadmill protocols and steady state running.

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Human Performance Laboratory, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.


The purpose of this study was to determine if differences exist in ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) at a predetermined relative heart rate between two standard treadmill protocols and steady state exercise in a field setting. Thirty healthy male (N = 15) and female (N = 15) volunteers were maximally tested using the standard Bruce and a modified Balke (3.0 mph with 2.5% grade each two minutes) protocols. Each subject was randomly assigned to one treadmill protocol first, and then completed the second test forty-eight hours later. Within forty-eight hours following the second treadmill test, all subjects completed a field exercise trial consisting of an 800-m run. During the field trial an investigator paced each subject to an individualized target heart rate (75% maximal heart rate reserve) calculated from the treadmill tests. The total exercise time for the field trial was 4:31 +/- 0:22 and 5:36 +/- 0:47 min for the males and females, respectively. During the last 50 m of the field trial, RPE values were recorded. Comparisons of the rating of perceived exertion at the target heart rate (RPE at THR) were made using a 2-way (Gender x Trials) ANOVA with repeated measures across trials. There was a significant gender x trials interaction for RPE at THR, with males reporting significantly higher values during the treadmill tests as compared to the females (BRUCE = 13.5 +/- 1.6 vs 12.2 +/- 1.8; BLAKE = 15.9 +/- 2.3 vs 13.7 +/- 2.4). There was no difference noted between genders for RPE at THR during the field trial.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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