Use of?RPE-based training load in?soccer.
The ability to accurately control and monitor internal training load is an important aspect of effective coaching. The aim of this study was to apply in?soccer?the?RPE-based method proposed by Foster et al. to quantify internal training load (session-RPE) and to assess its correlations with various methods used to determine internal training load based on the HR response to exercise.
Nineteen young?soccer?players (mean +/- SD: age 17.6 +/- 0.7 yr, weight 70.2 +/- 4.7 kg, height 178.5 +/- 4.8 cm, body fat 7.5 +/- 2.2%, VO2max, 57.1 +/- 4.0 mL x kg x min) were involved in the study. All subjects performed an incremental treadmill test before and after the training period during which lactate threshold (1.5 mmol x L above baseline) and OBLA (4.0 mmol x L) were determined. The training loads completed during the seven training weeks were determined multiplying the?session?RPE?(CR10-scale) by?session?duration in minutes. These session-RPE?values were correlated with training load measures obtained from three different HR-based methods suggested by Edwards, Banister, and Lucia, respectively.
Individual internal loads of 479 training sessions were collected. All individual correlations between various HR-based training load and?session-RPE?were statistically significant (from r = 0.50 to r = 0.85, P < 0.01).
The results of this study show that the?session-RPE?can be considered a good indicator of global internal load of?soccertraining. This method does not require particular expensive equipment and can be very useful and practical for coaches and athletic trainer to monitor and control internal load, and to design periodization strategies.
A comparison of methods used for quantifying internal training load in women?soccer?players.
School of Leisure, Sport, and Tourism, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
The purpose of this study was to compare the?session-RPE?method for quantifying internal training load (TL) with various HR-based TL quantification methods in a variety of training modes with women?soccer?players.
Fifteen elite women?soccer?players took part in the study (age: 19.3 +/- 2.0 y and VO2max: 50.8 +/- 2.7 mL x kg(-1) x min(-1)).Session-RPE, heart rate, and duration were recorded for 735 individual training sessions and matches over a period of 16 wk. Correlation analysis was used to compare?session-RPE?TLs with three commonly used HR-based methods for assessing TL.
The mean correlation for?session-RPE?TL with Banister’s TRIMP, LTzone TL and Edwards’s TL were (r = 0.84, 0.83, and 0.85, all P < .01, respectively). Correlations for?session-RPE?TL and three HR-based methods separated by?session?type were all significant (all P < .05). The strongest correlations were reported for technical (r = 0.68 to 0.82), conditioning (r = 0.60 to 0.79), and speed sessions (r = 0.61 to 0.79).
The?session-RPE?TL showed a significant correlation with all training types common to?soccer. Higher correlations were found with less intermittent, aerobic-based training sessions and suggest that HR-based TLs relate better to?session-RPE?TLs in less intermittent training activities. These results support previous findings showing that the?session-RPE?TL compares favorably with HR-based methods for quantifying internal TL in a variety of?soccer?training activities.
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