Methods for quantifying training in Sprint Kayak

National Strength and Conditioning Association
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Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2014, 28 (1), pp. 474 - 482
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The aims of this study were to determine the validity of the session-RPE method by comparing three different scales of perceived exertion to common measures of training load (TL). A secondary aim was to verify the relationship between training loads, fitness and performance in Sprint Kayak athletes. Following laboratory assessment of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2peak) and lactate threshold, the athletes performed on water time trials over 200 and 1000-m. TL was quantified for external (distance and speed) and internal (session-RPE: 6-20, CR-10 and CR-100 scales, TRIMP and iTRIMP). Ten (six male, four female) well-trained junior Sprint Kayak athletes (age 17.1 +/-1.2 years; VO2peak 4.2 +/-0.7 L[middle dot]min-1) were monitored over a seven-week period. There were large-to-very large within-individual correlations between session the distance and the various HR and RPE-based methods for quantifying TL (0.58 to 0.91). Correlations between mean session speed and various HR and RPE-based methods for quantifying TL were small-to-large (0.12 to 0.50). The within-individual relationships between the various objective and subjective methods of internal TL were large-to-very large (0.62 to 0.94). Moderate-to-large inverse relationships were found between mean session-RPE TL and various aerobic fitness variables (-0.58 to -0.37). Large-to-very large relationships were found between mean session-RPE TL and on water performance (0.57 to 0.75). In conclusion, session-RPE is a valid method for monitoring TL for junior Sprint Kayak athletes, regardless of the RPE scale is used. The session-RPE TL relate to fitness and performance, supporting the use of session-RPE in Sprint Kayak training.
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