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Reliability of Ratings of Perceived Exertion in Swimming

Athlete monitoring is critical. Swimming Science followers know we stress individualized training, whether in the water or on dryland. Two athletes can do the same workout on the same interval, hit the same times, and lift the same weights, yet have different responses physiologically. Sometimes you need different stressors for different athletes to achieve identical responses.

Modern technology provides tools to quantify effort and athlete response: heart rate monitors, heart rate variability, and lactate meters to name a few. For weights, we have numbers on the sides of the weights to indicate how much is lifted. From these we can create specific training parameters such as heart rate zones or the color system used throughout USA Swimming. Because the most complex technology comes at a price, coaches often rely on subjective measures to augment the stopwatch.

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