Publication: S&C Coaches’ Application of the Session Rating of RPE Method of Monitoring in Rugby Union

Research Impact:  The session rating of perceived exertion (session-RPE) is a monitoring method used to quantify the training load that players and athletes are exposed to. Such quantification can assist with the optimisation of training and the minimisation of injury and illness risk. To effectively utilise this monitoring system certain guidelines need to be followed. The current study assessed the use of this method within professional rugby union by strength and conditioning coaches. The survey results indicate that the coaches found the method valid and effective. Certain implementation guidelines, however, are not always adhered to by the coaches which limit the use of key variables such as the acute: chronic workload ratio. Coaches using this method should implement it in a manner reflective of research findings.

Comyns, T. & Hannon, A.  Strength and conditioning coaches’ application of the session rating of perceived exertion method of monitoring within professional rugby union. Journal of Human Kinetics volume 61/2018, 155-166   DOI: 10.1515/hukin-2017-0118

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