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MONITORING EXERCISE HEART RATE USING MANUAL PALPATION

John, Dinesh M.S.; Sforzo, Gary A. Ph.D., FACSM; Swensen, Thomas Ph.D.

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000298450.02190.55
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To understand the shortcomings of using postexercise heart rate palpation to monitor exercise intensity.

Monitoring exercise intensity is critical to prescribing a good exercise program. This article clarifies the problems and provides solutions for using manual heart rate monitoring as a gauge of exercise intensity.

Dinesh John M.S., is a doctoral student at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and this article represents findings from his Master's thesis completed at Ithaca College.

Gary Sforzo, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor at Ithaca College where he is coordinator of the Clinical Exercise Science curriculum.

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Thomas Swensen, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Ithaca College where his research focus is on improving cycling performance in athletes.

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