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Differentiated ratings of perceived exertion during physical exercise.
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PMID:  7154896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The typical overall (undifferentiated) rating of perceived exertion (RPE) appears to represent an individual's integration of various physiological sensations that have different subjective weightings. Two categories of physiological factors have been suggested as major determinants of RPE during physical exercise. These two factors are a local factor that relates to sensations or feelings of strain from the exercising muscles and/or joints and a central factor relating primarily to cardiopulmonary sensations. This paper attempts to characterize the relative importance of the various physiological cues in the exertional rating pertinent to these local and central factors. The majority of the related literature suggests that local factors are usually perceived as dominant; however, recent findings that evaluate differentiated RPE during exercise at high altitude imply a greater importance for central factors. When a particular physiological cue is markedly altered over others during exercise, it appears that the resultant sensation can easily dominate the overall RPE. In contrast, when this particular cue is not changed during exercise, as the result of some experimental manipulation or intervention, then another cue can become pronounced. Finally, an experimental model for evaluating differentiated RPE that allows comparisons between local and central exertion and further comparison to the general or overall exertion is discussed.
K B Pandolf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-03-24     Completed Date:  1983-03-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  397-405     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Heart Rate
Lactates / blood
Muscle Contraction
Oxygen / metabolism
Physical Exertion*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Lactates; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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