RPE GENDER DIFFERENCES DEPEND UPON THE CRITERION USED FOR OXYGEN UPTAKE
Robertson, R., Moyna, N., Sward, K., Millich, N., Goss, F., & Thompson, P. (1999). Gender effect on ratings of perceived exertion at relative and absolute oxygen uptake. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5), Supplement abstract 266.
The effect of gender on ratings of perceived exertion for overall body (RPE-O), legs (RPE-L), and chest (RPE-C) was determined at relative (%VO2max/peak) and absolute (VO2max) standards of oxygen uptake. Males (N = 9) and females (N = 10) were compared on treadmill (weight bearing) and cycle (weight supported) ergometers.
In both forms of ergometry, females recorded higher RPE levels for RPE-O, REP-L, and RPE-C when absolute aerobic capacity was the criterion. However, those differences disappeared when the relative VO2 criterion was used.
Implication. When comparing genders on RPE measures, it is necessary to state whether absolute or relative oxygen capacity criteria are used.
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