Larson, S., Andreacci, J., Klebez, J., Brinkert, R., LeMura, L. M., & von Duvillard, S. P. (2000) Three different ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and heart rate in young children. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32(5), Supplement abstract 333.

This study investigated the physiological responses to two different modes of exercise and ascertained whether children could accurately rate their perception of exertion at different intensities. Boys and girls (N = 2) performed an incremental VO2max test on a treadmill and a cycle ergometer.

Significant gender differences were noted between the treadmill and cycle ergometer exercise for VO2max (higher for treadmill), and pulmonary ventilation. There were also differences for gender and mode of exercise in all RPE measures. Females rated overall exertion better than males, and RPE for the cycle ergometer was found more accurate than for the treadmill.

Implication. Children can rate different exercise intensities accurately.

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