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Borg's Perceived Exertion and Pain Scales

Heath, Edward M. PhD

Editor(s): Berry, Michael T. Ph.D., FACSM

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Medicine& Science in Sports & Exercise: September 1998 - Volume 30 - Issue 9 - p 1461
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Borg's Perceived Exertioin and Pain Scales

Author: BORG, Gunnar, PhD (Stockholm Univ) Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0880116234, Human Kinetics Inc, 1998, $24.00), 104 pages, soft cover. Audience 1: Exercise Scientists Audience 2: Physiotherapists Other Info: The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

DESCRIPTION: This is a new edition of a book on perceived exertion and pain scales written by the developer of the scales himself. It is a compilation of the development, proper use (including validity and reliability), and research using the Borg ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) scale and the Borg category-ratio (CR10) scale. PURPOSE: The purpose is to present two scales: the Borg RPE scale and the Borg CR10 scale. The emphasis is on viewing humans as a psychosomatic whole and using human perception as a diagnostic instrument. In view of the common use of these scales in clinical, research, and everyday settings, the objectives of the book are certainly worthwhile. With the use of numerous investigations, and the insight only the developer of the scales can give, the author more than meets his objectives. AUDIENCE: He has written a book that truly targets a large audience that includes: exercise scientists, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, physical education teachers, exercise supervisors, and coaches and athletes. As the developer of the scales and the first author on more than 50 articles and chapters that pertain to the scales, Borg is the most credible author available to write this kind of book. FEATURES: This book is well presented with numerous helpful figures throughout. Two unique features add to its appeal. Gray boxes of text appear throughout the book that provide interesting stories and insights from the author. The perforated scales and instructions on thick paper located in the appendix are also useful. ASSESSMENT: This book is an essential resource for anyone who regularly uses the Borg RPE or the Borg CR10 scale. The explanations of the development and the appropriateness of use give better insight into why the scales are used and how they can be better used. SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 93 - ****

Reviewed by:

Edward M. Heath, PhD

(University of Texas El Paso College of Nursing & Health Sciences)

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The ratings are divided into five groups, and each group is assigned one to five stars.

★★★★★ 97-100 Exceptional book with nearly flawless execution

★★★★ 90-96 Outstanding book, with minor problems in execution

★★★ 69-89 Very good book, but usually with one or more fairly significant flaws

★★ 47-68 Average book, usually with several flaws (or one major flaw) or significant weakness versus its competition

below 46 Substandard book

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