Ireland, L. M., Ledezma, C. M., Waechter, J. D., Wisniewski, K. S., Shafer, A. B., Gallagher, M., Goss, F. L., Nagle, E. F., & Robertson, R. J. (2010). Effect of teleoanticipation on intensity self-regulation error during cycle exercise in females. Presentation 669 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland; June 2-5.

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"A teleoanticipation practice trial is hypothesized to reduce exercise intensity self-regulation error. Self-regulation error occurs when a prescribed oxygen consumption (VO2) is not attained. In addition to teleoanticipation, cognitive feedback provides guidance in subjectively adjusting exercise intensity to produce a Target rating of perceived exertion, further reducing self-regulation errors."

This study examined the effect of teleoanticipation with and without cognitive feedback on intensity self-regulation error during cycling exercise in recreationally active females. Ss were randomly assigned to three groups. Group 1 (N = 13) and Group 2 (N = 9) completed four separate exercise trials presented in the following order: 1) estimation, 2) just noticeable difference, 3) calibration (Teleoanticipation), and 4) production. Calibration and production trials were 21 minutes with Ss instructed to regulate intensity to produce a target rating of perceived exertion of 5 on the OMNI 0-10 Scale. During the calibration treatment, cognitive feedback was provided to Group 1 but not to Group 2. Group 3 (control; N = 9) completed the estimation, just noticeable difference, and production trials. The VO2 analog of each Sís perceived exertion just noticeable difference was used to identify self-regulation error, that is, VO2 above or below the just noticeable difference-VO2 range.

Self-regulation error was: a) lower when cognitive feedback was provided than when it was not made available; b) lower for the control than the without cognitive feedback conditions; and c) equal between the with-cognitive-feedback and control conditions. Results were similar between the genders.

Implication. A teleoanticipation calibration trial with cognitive feedback improved the ability to self-regulate effort intensity at a target rating of perceived exertion of 5 during 21 minutes of cycling exercise. The self-regulation error was similar between the with-cognitive-feedback and control conditions. For young females, self-regulation practice may be all that is required to produce a target rating of perceived exertion during cycling exercise.

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