Congruency and responsiveness of perceived exertion and time-to-end-point during an intermittent isometric fatigue task
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Shepherd, J., Gleeson, N. & Minshull, C. (2013) Congruency and responsiveness of perceived exertion and time-to-end-point during an intermittent isometric fatigue task, European Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 113, , pp. 905-909,
The aims of this study were (1) to investigate the relationship between self-perception of effort and task duration in an intermittent isometric fatigue trial (IIF) and (2) to evaluate the capability of two assessment paradigms (perceived exertion; perceived task duration) to reflect changes in IIF intensity. Fifteen participants performed two IIF tasks of the knee extensors at intensities of 60 and 70 % of daily peak force, each separated by 48-72 h. Ordering of the tasks was counter-balanced and participants were blinded to the precise intensity of each IIF. A category-ratio scale (CR-10) and visual analogue scale were used during each IIF task to record measures of perceived exertion and perceived task duration, respectively. Measures were recorded at 10 % intervals across the relative duration of each IIF task. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients revealed strong positive correlations (r > 0.99; p < 0.01) between completed task duration and both perceptual scales at the two IIF intensities. Separate two-way repeated measures ANOVAs of CR-10 and perceived task duration responses revealed significant main effects for time only (F [2.2,30.1] = 126.8; p < 0.001; F [2.6,36.8] = 117.2; p < 0.001, CR-10 and perceived task duration, respectively). The results suggest that perceived exertion and perceived task duration are equally effective predictors of IIF end-point. However, neither measure was sufficiently responsive to discriminate between 10 % changes in exercise intensity. 2012 Springer-Verlag.