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Validity of daily and weekly self-reported training load measures in adolescent athletes

Phibbs, P and Roe, G and Jones, B and Read, D and Darrall-Jones, J and Weakley, J and Till, K (2017) Validity of daily and weekly self-reported training load measures in adolescent athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31 (4). pp. 1121-1126. ISSN 1533-4287

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Abstract

The primary aim of the study was to assess the level of agreement between the criterion session-rating of perceived exertion (sRPE30min) and a practical measure of a self-reported web-based training load questionnaire 24-hours post-training (sRPE24h) in adolescent athletes. The secondary aim was to assess the agreement between weekly summated sRPE24h values (ƩsRPE24h) and a weekly web-based training diary (sRPEweekly) for all field-based training accumulated on a subsequent training week. Thirty-six male adolescent rugby players (age 16.7 ± 0.5 years) were recruited from a regional academy. sRPE30min measures were recorded 30-minutes following a typical field-based training session. Participants then completed the sRPE24h via a web-based training load questionnaire 24-hours post-training, reporting both session duration and intensity. In addition, on a subsequent week, participants completed the sRPE24h daily and then completed the sRPEweekly at the end of the week, using the same web-based platform, to recall all field-based training session durations and intensities over those seven days. Biases were trivial between sRPE30min and sRPE24h for sRPE (0.3% [-0.9 to 1.5]), with nearly perfect correlations (0.99 [0.98 to 0.99), and small typical error of the estimate (TEE; 4.3% [3.6 to 5.4]). Biases were trivial between ƩsRPE24h and sRPEweekly for sRPE (5.9% [-2.1 to 14.2]), with very large correlations (0.87 [0.78 to 0.93]), and moderate TEE 28.5% [23.3 to 36.9]). The results of this study show that sRPE24h is a valid and robust method to quantify training loads in adolescent athletes. However, sRPEweekly was found to have a substantial TEE (29%), limiting practical application.

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