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Applications of the Session Rating of Perceived Exertion System in Professional Rugby Union

Comyns, Tom PhD1; Flanagan, Eamonn P. PhD, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 78–85
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000015
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ABSTRACT: THIS ARTICLE INSTRUCTS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTITIONERS IN THE USE OF THE SESSION RATING OF PERCEIVED EXERTION SYSTEM OF TRAINING LOAD MONITORING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION ENVIRONMENT. AN EXPLANATION OF THE SYSTEM AND THE RESEARCH UNDERPINNING ITS VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY IS PRESENTED. THE USE OF THE SYSTEM TO MANAGE SQUAD AND INDIVIDUAL PLAYER TRAINING PLANS WITHIN WEEKS AND ACROSS WEEKS IS DETAILED. COMMON ERRORS THAT CAN BE ENCOUNTERED WHEN USING THE SYSTEM WITHIN PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION ARE ADDRESSED.

1Irish Institute of Sport, National Sports Campus, Co. Dublin, Ireland; and

2Irish Rugby Football Union, Dublin, Ireland

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Dr. Tom Comyns is a strength and conditioning coach for the Irish Institute of Sport and a consultant lecturer in Sport Science at the University of Limerick and Dublin City University.

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Dr. Eamonn Flanagan is a strength and conditioning coach for the Irish Rugby Football Union.

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